Quebec Issues 1,018 Canada Immigration Invitations In New Expression Of Interest Draw

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Quebec immigration has issued 1,018 Canada immigration invitations to apply in a new draw through the Arrima Expression of Interest system.

The September 21 draw targeted candidates with a French language speaking ability of level 7 or higher on the Quebec proficiency scale, who scored 579 points or above in the Quebec Expression of Interest points system and had skills and experience in one of a list of tech, engineering, health and education occupations:

  • 0213   Computer and information systems managers
  • 2131   Civil engineers
  • 2132   Mechanical engineers
  • 2133   Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2141   Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 2143   Mining engineers
  • 2147   Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171   Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172   Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173   Software engineers and designers
  • 2174   Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175   Web designers and developers
  • 2231   Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2232   Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2233   Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2241   Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2281   Computer network technicians
  • 2282   User support technicians
  • 2283   Information systems testing technicians
  • 3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3233   Licensed practical nurses
  • 3413   Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 4031   Secondary school teachers
  • 4032   Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 4214   Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 5223   Graphic arts technicians
  • 5241   Graphic designers and illustrators

Candidates with a job offer outside of the Montreal metropolitan area were also targeted. There was no minimum score for these candidates.

Quebec Expression Of Interest Draws 2023

Date of invitations Invites Issued Minimum Score Date of extraction from Arrima bank
21-09-23 1,018 579 September 18, 2023 at 6.30am

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How Does Quebec Expression of Interest Work?

  1. Candidates submit an online expression of interest profile via Arrima.
  2. Profiles enter into an Expression of Interest pool, where they are ranked against each other using a points system and are valid for 12-months.
  3. The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for a Quebec Certificate of Selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program via periodic draws.
  4. Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application.
  5. Approved candidates who receive a nomination certificate (CSQ) may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

Quebec Expression of Interest Points System

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system is used to rank profiles submitted via Arrima to the Expression of Interest bank, with the highest-ranked profiles invited to apply for Quebec immigration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Candidates and their spouse or common-law partner can score up to 1,320 points based on human capital and Quebec labour market factors.

What Are the Requirements for Quebec Expression of Interest?

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system involves points in two categories, with some including points for the spouse of common law partner of the principal candidate.

  • Human capital factors:
    • French language ability.
    • French and English combined.
    • Age.
    • Work experience.
    • Education.
  • Quebec labour market factors:
    • Work experience in a field with a labour shortage.
    • Qualifications in one of Quebec’s areas of training.
    • Level of Quebec education.
    • Professional experience in Quebec.
    • Professional experience in the rest of Canada.
    • Job offer inside or outside Greater Montreal.

Quebec publishes lists of High Demand Occupations and Areas of Training that weigh considerably in the assessment.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.