“The Government of Quebec unveiled plans today for a new Expression of Interest system modelled on the federal Express Entry system. The new Expression of Interest (Déclaration d’intérêt) system will manage candidate profiles for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).” says a statement in the CICnews.
This news makes it clear that from this year Quebec will replace its first-come-first-served application process with an easy selection-draw based system. However, till the system comes into effect, it is said that Quebec will continue receiving applications from cap-exempt candidates (valid job offer holders/temporary residents) under its Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
Just like the Express Entry, the first step of Quebec’s new system will be lodging of an Expression of Interest. A profile must be created in the form of EOI which shall remain valid for a period of 12 months.Once this profile lands into the Quebec Express of Interest pool, the applicant would receive another score based on a ranking system, much similar to the Comprehensive Ranking System. This ranking is allotted to the applicant based on his/her education, work experience, language skills and additional factors like relations in Quebec, valid job offer etc. Precisely, this ranking determines the applicant’s position in the pool.
A specific cut-off would be set to draw eligible candidates from the pool at regular intervals. Selected candidates would be issued with an invitation to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ or Certificat de sélection du Québec) and allotted with a time of 90 days to submit a complete application for CSQ. Applicants who receive their CSQ from Quebec can then apply to the Government of Canada for a permanent residency status.
Attorney David Cohen, the Senior Partner with the Campbell, Cohen immigration law firm in Montreal welcomes this initiative of Quebec Government and enthusiastically quotes “It’s exciting to see that Quebec is finally moving forward with its plans to revamp the intake system for skilled workers”
“It will be very interesting to see exactly how ranking points will be assigned under the new system, not to mention how Quebec will conduct draws from the Expression of Interest pool” he further adds.
As of the current date, there has been no official announcement of the points structure, ranking system and start date of this new Quebec immigration system. These details are expected to be revealed soon.
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