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Quebec Skilled Workers Programme

Visa applicants now need fewer points to qaulify

Quebec Skilled Workers Programme

Quebec manages the provinces’ own migration programme known as the Quebec Skilled Workers Programme (QSWP), which is essential the same as the Canadian governments’ immigration system but is considered to be more lenient in terms of criteria.

With the new threshold, a single applicant must score at least 49 points, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points.

The criteria lay particular emphasis on language for which an applicant could notch up a maximum of 22 points. Applicants who are fluent in French, one of Canada’s official languages, will score 16 points off the mark and up to 6 for those who are proficient in the English language.

The applicant’s area of training is also very important in terms of the criteria and could be as valuable as anything between 6 and 16 points. Your immigration consultant will advise you which areas of training are considered most valuable based on a list released by the Quebec Province. This list is revised and re-released annually.

Applicants with degrees in areas such as computer science, computer engineering, accounting, translation, and banking and financial operations will be awarded significantly more points than was previously the case.

The most recent application cycle the cap of 6,500 was filled within four months. In the meantime, with a first come, first serve system, applicants are advised to have their applications ready and submit their files as soon as the application cycle is announced.

This is where your immigration consultant is of invaluable use to you. A professional migration consultant will ensure that they are kept up to date with the latest intake or application opening dates and what the newest criteria lists state. They will ensure that the applicant’s documentation meets these requirements and are submitted without delay.

Applications will only be accepted during such cycle, unless the applicant has a job offer at hand.

Your migration agent will submit your application through Canada’s Express Entry system which allows the selection of candidates based on eligibility, favouring those with the highest number of points. The Government of Quebec, or employers in the province may select candidates from the Express Entry system at any point in time.

Here’s an overview of what your skills and background might be worth on your visa application:

Education: Up to 14 points
Area of Training: Up to 16 points
Validated Employment Offer: Up to 10 points
Work Experience: Up to 8 points
Age: Up to 16 points
Language Proficiency: Up to 22 points
Stay and Family in Quebec: Up to 8 points
Spouse/Common-law partner Characteristics: Up to 17 points
Children: Up to 8 points
Financial Self-Sufficiency: 1 point

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