Quebec Immigration Expression of Interest System
Quebec's Immigration Ministry, the Ministere Immigration, de la Diversite Inclusion (MIDI), will introduce an Expression of Interest (Declaration interet) application intake system to help facilitate permanent immigration applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. The act enabling this new system will come into effect on August 2, 2018.
The new system will replace the current first-come, first-served application process for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The process of applying immigration under the Quebec Skilled Worker program, or what the government calls the Regular Skilled Worker Program, will include the following steps for candidates:
1. Submission of an Expression of Interest to settle in Quebec and entry into Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank. 2. Successful selection from the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank results in an invitation to apply for the QSWP. 3. Submission of an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate, or certificat de selection du Quebec (CSQ) to the MIDI. 4. Submission of a Canadian permanent residence application to the federal government. After the initial step of submitting an Expression of Interest to MIDI, candidates will be entered into the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank. Quebec immigration candidates who meet the requirements, cut-off thresholds and passing scores for the program will be considered for selection.
How candidates will be ranked in Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank
Any foreign national 18 or older may submit an Expression of Interest to the province. Once candidates are in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank, they are grouped under two categories: Candidates with a job offer or connection to Quebec and candidates residing outside Quebec. In each category, candidates will be assigned points across various factors.
Candidates with a connection to Quebec
This group is for candidates with a job offer in Quebec or who are residing in the province with the primary goal of attaining employment while on a work permit and have a Quebec-approved degree or six months of full-time work experience and are currently working full-time in the province.
Candidates residing outside Quebec
Candidates in this group will be assigned a score based on the following eight factors: Age, Quebec degree, Canadian or United States work experience, training that the Government of Quebec lists as in-demand, French language proficiency, knowledge of other languages, education level and and a spouse or common-law partner's education level and proficiency in French. The province of Quebec has yet to detail the points structure that will apply to the factors under the two groups.
How candidates will be selected from Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank
Candidates selected to apply for a CSQ under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will need to demonstrate that they have met the passing scores required for the program based on the QSWP Points Grid. Quebec Skilled Worker candidates who meet the initial requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency must then meet the required cut-off score of 43 points for Employability factors.