Quebec’s immigration ministry has issued 23 invitations in the latest Arrima draw, the selection round for candidates who have submitted applications under Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program.
The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) held the draw through its Arrima portal on 16th January 2020. The Candidates who were selected in the latest invitation round was among the cohort of 16,000 pending applications that were canceled in the Quebec immigration reforms of June 2019 and also known as Bill 9.
In an earlier statement by the Government of Quebec stated that rounds of invitations for prioritized candidates were to take place until 16th January 2020, which means that this is the last round of invitations for candidates who have been affected by the Bill 9. In order to get invited the candidates needed to have file an expression of interest 9 (EOI) with the Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) before December 17, 2019, and they also needed to be either a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied, or hold a work or study permit in the province at the time.
In order to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program, the candidates must submit an Expression of Interest through Arrima. The Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) will then review the bank of profiles and issue invitations to those who meet specific criteria based on the labor market needs of Quebec.
In the year 2018, Arrima was introduced to manage the bank of candidates for the Regular Skilled Worker Program. The program which was previously based on the “first come and first served” approach, but has since become an electronic system for receiving applications. Quebec’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system manages the profiles of candidates who apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ). A CSQ is required in order for people to apply for permanent residence through Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program.
The Candidates create their Expression of Interest (EOI) profile in Arrima and then placed in a pool of candidates and ranked. The Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integrated (MIFI) issue invitations to apply (ITA) for a CSQ based on a candidate’s score or other factors such as the province’s labor market needs. These invitations allow selected candidates to apply for a CSQ within an average period of 6 months, starting on the date when all the forms and documents needed to process the application that has been received and added to the file.
Those who receive a CSQ can apply for a permanent residence with the Canadian Federal Government. Then they will undergo a medical examination and a criminal admissibility check. The Candidates who receive a CSQ can apply for permanent residence with Canada’s federal immigration ministry, which verifies medical and criminal admissibility.