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Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Developed by the Government of Quebec and the Canadian Federal Government, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) enables highly educated and trained foreign nationals to immigrate to Quebec as skilled workers. Prospective immigrants who apply to the Skilled Worker Quebec Program are evaluated according to a selection grid of factors, and applicants who score enough points are given a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) which they can then use to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

Quebec Skilled Worker Eligibility

Eligibility for the Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker Program is determined by nine selection factors. Quebec Skilled Worker Program points are awarded according to these Immigration Quebec selection criteria in order to identify which possible immigrants are most likely to flourish economically once in Quebec. To qualify for immigration to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, a solo applicant must score at least 50 points. Potential immigrants who apply with a spouse or a common-law partner must score at least 59 pointsin order to be eligible for the QSW Program. We have outlined each of the skilled worker immigration Quebec requirements in detail below.

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Training (maximum 26 points)

As many as 26 points are awarded under the Training category of the Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration Program. These points are given across two sub-categories: Education (up to 14 points), and Areas of Training (up to 12 points).

The Education sub-factor has a minimum cutoff score of 2 points, which means that applicants must have obtained at least a secondary school general diploma in order to be eligible to become a Quebec-selected skilled worker. The level of education must also have been attained in the five years prior to applying for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Otherwise, the prospective immigrant must have worked in a field directly related to their degree or diploma for a minimum of 12 months in the five years before submitting their application.

Education (maximum 14 points):

  • General high school diploma – 2 points
  • Vocational high school diploma – 6 points
  • General postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 2 years) – 4 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 1 year) – 6 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 2 years) – 6 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma in section A or B training area (full-time for 1 or 2 years) – 10 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 3 years) – 8 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma in section A or B training area (full-time for 3 years) – 10 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 1+ years) – 4 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 2+ years) – 6 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 3+ years) – 10 points
  • Master’s degree – 12 points
  • Doctorate – 14 points

The Areas of Training sub-category is intended to identify potential immigrants who are professionally trained in areas with strong job prospects in Quebec. A detailed Quebec Skilled Worker Program list of Areas of Training is available to help prospective applicants determine which section their degree or diploma is classified under.

Areas of Training (maximum 12 points):

  • Section A – 12 points
  • Section B – 9 points
  • Section C – 6 points
  • Section D – 2 points
  • Section E – 0 points
  • Section F – 0 points
  • Section G – 0 points

Work Experience (maximum 8 points)

As many as 8 points are available under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program Work Experience category. Eligible work experience must have been gathered in the five years preceding submission of the Skilled Worker Program Quebec application. Eligible job experience includes both paid and unpaid employment. However, unremunerated employment and internships must have been undertaken in accordance with a training or educational program.

Job Experience Points Grid:

  • Less than 6 months – 0 points
  • 6 months to 1 year – 4 points
  • 1 to 2 years – 4 points
  • 2 to 3 years – 6 points
  • 3 to 4 years – 6 points
  • More than 4 years – 8 points

Age (maximum 16 points)

The economic immigration program is designed to attract potential Quebec skilled workers who will have long and prosperous careers in the province. Consequently, the Quebec Skilled Worker Programme Age selection factor rewards young prospective immigrants with up to 16 points towards their eligibility score.

Age Points Grid:

  • 18 to 35 years old – 16 points
  • 36 years old – 14 points
  • 37 years old – 12 points
  • 38 years old – 10 points
  • 39 years old – 8 points
  • 40 years old – 6 points
  • 41 years old – 4 points
  • 42 years old – 2 points
  • 43+ years of age – 0 points

Language Proficiency (maximum 22 points)

As many as 22 Quebec Skilled Worker Program points are available under this selection factor. French language skills are preferred by Immigration Quebec, and consequently, French language proficiency is weighted more strongly than English language proficiency with an opportunity for the applicant to score 16 points for French compared to 6 points for English.

Immigration Quebec accepts several different English and French evaluation tests and diplomas from the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP-IDF), and International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Attestations of standardized test results will not be accepted from other organizations. Candidates are adjudicated on written comprehension, written production, oral comprehension and oral production.

Recognized French Knowledge Evaluations:

  • CIEP: Test de connaissance du français (TCF)
  • CIEP: Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCFQ)
  • CIEP: Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)
  • CIEP: Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)
  • CCIP-IDF: Test d’évaluation du français (TEF)
  • CCIP-IDF: Test d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ)
  • CCIP-IDF: Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada)

Recognized English Knowledge Evaluations:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In general, a person is classified as a “Low Beginner” if they are only able to comprehend short or common phrases, and express simple things. A “High Beginner” is someone who is able to comprehend basic day to day information, and express themselves effectively in standard situations. A person is considered a “Low Intermediate” if they can understand most information they hear in typical situations, and are able to communicate effectively in most day to day scenarios. A “High Intermediate” is a person who can comprehend detailed info regarding a wide variety of subjects both standard or abstract. They can also speak clearly and effectively about many topics they are interested in. An individual is considered “Advanced” if they can understand complicated information in both professional and casual settings, and can clearly and confidently communicate on a wide array of topics.

French Language Proficiency (maximum 16 points):

  • Reading – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (1 point), C1 Advanced (1 point), C2 Advanced (1 point)
  • Writing – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (1 point), C1 Advanced (1 point), C2 Advanced (1 point)
  • Listening – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (5 points), C1 Advanced (6 points), C2 Advanced (7 points)
  • Speaking – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (5 points), C1 Advanced (6 points), C2 Advanced (7 points)

English Language Proficiency (maximum 6 points):

  • Reading – CLB 1 to CLB 4 Beginner (0 points), CLB 5 to CLB 8 Intermediate (1 point), CLB 9 to CLB 12 Advanced (1 point)
  • Writing – CLB 1 to CLB 4 Beginner (0 points), CLB 5 to CLB 8 Intermediate (1 point), CLB 9 to CLB 12 Advanced (1 point)
  • Listening – CLB 1 to CLB 4 Beginner (0 points), CLB 5 to CLB 8 Intermediate (1 point), CLB 9 to CLB 12 Advanced (2 points)
  • Speaking – CLB 1 to CLB 4 Beginner (0 points), CLB 5 to CLB 8 Intermediate (1 point), CLB 9 to CLB 12 Advanced (2 points)

Please note: while it is significantly more difficult, it is possible to immigrate to Quebec as a skilled worker without speaking French or English.

Quebec Connection (maximum 8 points)

Quebec skilled immigration applicants who have spent time in Quebec or have family in the province can be awarded as many as 8 points under this selection factor. The sub-category for having family members in Quebec offers up to 3 points, while the Stay in Quebec sub-category can provide up to 5 points. Please note: family members who reside in Canada but not in Quebec do not count under this category. Points are only awarded for relatives actively residing in Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers), Saguenay, Drummondville, or any other city, town, village, or area in the Province of Quebec.

Family in Quebec (maximum 3 points):

  • Spouse – 3 points
  • Sibling – 3 points
  • Parent – 3 points
  • Child – 3 points
  • Grandparent – 3 points
  • Uncle or aunt – 0 points
  • Nephew or niece – 0 points
  • Cousin – 0 points

Visiting Quebec (maximum 5 points):

  • Worked in Quebec for at least 3 months (includes Working Holiday Visa holders) – 5 points
  • Worked in Quebec for at least 6 months – 5 points
  • Studied in Quebec for at least 3 months – 5 points
  • Studied in Quebec for at least 6 months – 5 points
  • Stayed in Quebec (not for work or school) for more than 2 weeks – 1 point
  • Stayed in Quebec (not for work or school) for more than 3 months – 2 points
  • Visited Quebec for less than 2 weeks – 0 points

Characteristics of Spouse (maximum 17 points)

The Spouse’s characteristics criterion is one of the Quebec skilled immigration selection factors, and up to 17 points are awarded under this category. The level of education of a spouse is worth up to 4 points, their training area up to 4 points, their age as many as 3 points, and their proficiency in French language oral interaction up to 6 points. The minimum score required of an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner is higher than that of a single applicant, so even though unmarried applicants are ineligible to receive points under this category these are certainly not “bonus points.”

Spouse’s Education (maximum 4 points):

  • General high school diploma – 1 points
  • Vocational high school diploma – 2 points
  • General postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 2 years) – 1 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 1 year) – 2 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 2 years) – 2 points
  • Technical postsecondary school diploma (full-time for 3 years) – 3 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 1+ years) – 1 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 2+ years) – 2 points
  • Undergraduate degree (full-time for 3+ years) – 3 points
  • Master’s degree – 4 points
  • Doctorate – 4 points

Spouse’s Area of Training (maximum 4 points):

  • Section A – 4 points
  • Section B – 3 points
  • Section C – 2 points
  • Section D – 1 points
  • Section E – 0 points
  • Section F – 0 points
  • Section G – 0 points

Spouse’s Age (maximum 3 points):

  • 18 to 35 years old – 3 points
  • 36 years old – 2 points
  • 37 years old – 2 points
  • 38 years old – 2 points
  • 39 years old – 2 points
  • 40 years old – 1 point
  • 41 years old – 1 point
  • 42 years old – 1 point
  • 43+ years of age – 0 points

Spouse’s French Language Proficiency (maximum 6 points):

  • Reading – All skill levels (0 points)
  • Writing – All skill levels (0 points)
  • Listening – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (2 points), C1 Advanced (3 points), C2 Advanced (3 points)
  • Speaking – A1 Low Beginner (0 points), A2 High Beginner (0 points), B1 Low Intermediate (0 points), B2 High Intermediate (2 points), C1 Advanced (3 points), C2 Advanced (3 points)

Validated Job Offer (maximum 10 points)

Skilled Worker Program Quebec applicants who have received a validated permanent employment offer can be awarded up to 10 points under this selection factor depending on the location of the job.

Validated Job Offer Points Grid:

  • Validated employment offer in Montreal area – 8 points
  • Validated employment offer outside Montreal area – 10 points

Accompanying Children (maximum 8 points)

Candidates for skilled worker immigration to Quebec who will be bringing their children to Canada are eligible for up to 8 points under this selection criterion.

Accompanying Children Points Grid:

  • Per child under 13 years of age – 4 points
  • Per child 13 to 19 years old – 2 points

Financial Self-sufficiency (maximum 1 point)

Quebec Canada Skilled Worker Program applicants are eligible to receive one point under this “Financial Autonomy” qualification category should they meet the Quebec immigration minimum settlement funds requirement. The Government of Quebec requires potential immigrants to possess a minimum amount of money that is determined by the number of family members immigrating and their ages. Applicants who sign the Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker Program financial agreement stating that they possess the required funds will receive a point for this selection factor. A score of 1 point in this category is required in order to be eligible for the Skilled Worker Program. Prospective immigrants who do not sign the declaration that they satisfy the Quebec Skilled Worker minimum funds requirement will not be eligible to participate in the program.

Immigration Quebec Minimum Settlement Funds Requirement:

  • 1 adult – CAD $3,016
  • 1 adult & 1 child (<18 years of age) – CAD $4,052
  • 1 adult & 2 children (<18 years of age) – CAD $4,574
  • 1 adult & 3 children (<18 years of age) – CAD $5,096
  • 1 adult & 4+ children (<18 years of age) – Add CAD $522/child
  • 1 adult & 1+ children (18+ years of age) – Add CAD $1,406/child
  • 2 adults – CAD 4,422
  • 2 adults & 1 child (<18 years of age) – CAD $4,954
  • 2 adults & 2 children (<18 years of age) – CAD $5,347
  • 2 adults & 3 children (<18 years of age) – CAD $5,739
  • 2 adults & 4+ children (<18 years of age) – Add CAD $393/child
  • 2 adults & 1+ children (18+ years of age) – Add CAD $1,406/child

Please note: in order to keep up with cost of living increases, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) will occasionally update the required settlement funds for Quebec immigrants. We will do our best to keep these amounts updated, but please be aware that they may not always be precisely correct.

Quebec Skilled Worker Processing Fees

There is a mandatory Government processing fee for applying to the 2018 Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration Program.

Quebec Skilled Worker Fees:

  • Main applicant – CAD $773
  • Spouse or common-law partner – CAD $166
  • Dependent children – CAD $166 each

Example: a family consisting of a husband and wife and two children would need to pay a Government of Quebec Skilled Worker Program fee of $1,271 ($773 + $166 + $166 + $166).

What is the Highest Possible Quebec Skilled Worker Score?

Although extremely unlikely, it is possible for an applicant to attain a QSW Canada immigration score of 116 (26 + 8 + 16 + 22 + 8 + 17 + 10 + 8 + 1). To do so, he or she would need to have a PhD in a Section A area of training, have more than 4 years of eligible job experience, be 35 years of age or under, be exceptional at both French and English, have close family living in Quebec, have previously worked or studied in the province, have a validated Quebec job offer, have 2 or more children also moving to Canada, be financially self-sufficient, and have a spouse or partner that is also young and highly educated in an ideal industry. The minimum cutoff score for participating in the Quebec Canada Immigration Skilled Worker Program is 50 points for single applicants and 59 points for couples.

Updated Quebec Skilled Worker Requirements

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program requirements were changed in 2015, lowering the score required to obtain a Certificate de Selection du Quebec (CSQ). The Adaptability selection factor was also removed from the points-based Quebec immigration program. As a result, the adaptability interview is no longer a requirement of the Canada Immigration Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Previously, attending a scheduled interview was an obligatory element of the QSW Program application process. Now it is no longer mandatory, although Immigration Quebec retains the right to conduct QSWP interviews should they wish to verify in person settlement plans, authenticity of documentation, language proficiency, relationships in Quebec, or other aspects of a candidate’s application.

The Quebec immigration points grid was updated again in 2017. The minimum points required for single applicants was increased from 49 to 50, and the number of points required for married couples was raised from 57 to 59. The 2018 Immigration Quebec Areas of Training list was also updated. In addition to these changes, the Government of Quebec has been steadily improving the “Mon projet Québec” online immigration system, and it is now better than ever.

The new Quebec immigration rules for skilled workers favor potential candidates who have been trained in a “preferred area” or who have a validated offer of employment in the province. In 2018, the Education sub-category is more heavily weighted than the Areas of Training sub-category, which means what a person is trained in affects their eligibility to migrate to Quebec less than the actual level of education they have attained. The Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker list of occupations has also been enlarged, and points are now awarded for an exceedingly wide range of degrees and diplomas from foreign and Quebec institutions. Canadian immigration for Quebec skilled workers is more consistent and objective than ever thanks to the new ranking formula, and many subjective elements such as the in-person interview have been removed. The new and improved Quebec immigration eligibility criteria for the program should prove to be more effective at identifying human capital with strong credentials.

Quebec Immigration French Requirements

Immigration to Quebec without speaking French is possible through the QSW Program provided an applicant is awarded enough points from other categories of the selection grid to attain a passing score. French language proficiency is worth up to 16 points, so even if you are excellent at English, you will need to be very competitive in other categories to exceed the pass mark if you do not understand or speak French.

Can I Immigrate to Other Canadian Provinces via the QSWP?

Under Canadian immigration rules, skilled immigrants who wish to reside in Montreal or other areas of Quebec are selected based on different criteria than those who wish to settle in the rest of Canada. This is why the Province of Quebec has its own skilled immigration program, officially called the “Regular Skilled Worker Program Quebec.” All Quebec Skilled Worker Program applicants should intend to reside in Quebec. Although the Quebec immigration program gives successful participants unconditional permanent residency in Canada, enabling them to live, work, and study in any Canadian city, it is specifically designed to attract skilled workers to the Province of Quebec. Individuals and families that do not genuinely wish to live in Quebec should not apply for the QSW Program. Instead, skilled workers who wish to reside outside of Quebec can consider applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program Canada (FSW). To learn more about the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canada Express Entry, click here.

How to Apply for Quebec Skilled Worker Program

It is mandatory to use the “Mon projet Québec” online immigration service to begin the Quebec Skilled Worker immigration process. The last Regular Skilled Worker Program intake period ended March 31, 2017, and a maximum of 10,000 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) were accepted under the program during this time. A highly anticipated Quebec immigration 2018 intake period accepting a maximum of 5,000 applications should be announced soon. Candidates who are already temporary residents of Quebec with a job offer validated by Quebec immigration authorities are permitted to apply for immigration under the program at any time. Not interested in spending time using the Mon projet Quebec immigration portal? Our Quebec Skilled Worker Program application service helps prospective immigrants apply to legally move to Quebec as skilled workers. Immigration to Quebec as a skilled worker also involves requesting federal approval from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Our Quebec Skilled Worker immigration application service is available for both the CSQ application component as well as the subsequent application for Canadian permanent residency.

Which Canadian Visa Offices Process Quebec Skilled Worker Program Applications?

The following Canada Visa Offices accept Skilled Worker Quebec applications.

Africa:

  • Accra (Ghana)
  • Cairo (Egypt)
  • Dakar (Senegal)
  • Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Rabat (Morocco)
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)

Asia and Australia:

  • Beijing (China)
  • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Manila (Philippines)
  • New Delhi (India)
  • Singapore (Singapore)
  • Sydney (Australia)

Europe:

  • Bucharest (Romania)
  • Kiev (Ukraine)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • Paris (France)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • Warsaw (Poland)

Middle East:

  • Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  • Amman (Jordan)
  • Ankara (Turkey)
  • Beirut (Lebanon)

North America:

  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • Kingston (Jamaica)
  • Los Angeles (USA)
  • Mexico City (Mexico)
  • New York City (USA)
  • Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

South America:

  • Bogota (Colombia)
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Lima (Peru)
  • Santiago (Chile)
  • Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Quebec Skilled Worker Supporting Documentation

Individuals and families applying for the Quebec Canada Immigration Skilled Worker Program must support their application with supplementary documentation. In addition to the Quebec Skilled Worker application form (Immigration Quebec form A-0520-AA “Application for Selection Certificate – SKILLED WORKER”), the following supporting documents should also be included with a QSWP application.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Required Documents:

  • Financial self-sufficiency contract (Quebec immigration form A-0522-OA)
  • Power of attorney mandate (if using a legal representative)
  • Declaration for practicing a regulated trade or profession (if applicable)
  • Declaration for being a teacher (if applicable)
  • Declaration for having attended Medical School in Canada or USA (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of valid passport (showing issue date and expiry date)
  • Photocopy of birth certificate
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate, judgment of divorce, and/or certificate of death of spouse (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of 2+ civil status documents attesting to de facto spouse status such as utility bill, shared bank account statements, mortgage or lease, etc. Documents must contain both names. (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of valid residence permit if residing in country in which you are not a citizen (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of proof of enrollment as a foreign student (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of letter from educational institution indicating start date for foreign student as well as expected end date (if applicable)
  • Original declaration of parental consent if child under 18 years of age will be accompanying you to Canada without the other parent. Consent must be made before a judge, magistrate, officer of the court, notary, Government employee or diplomatic representative from your country of citizenship. A certificate of death of the other parent, or a court judgment granting sole custody of the child to the accompanying parent will also suffice. (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of adoption papers for accompanying child (if applicable)
  • Original medical certificate indicating physical or mental incapacity of accompanying adult child (if applicable)
  • Original passport-sized photos of all family members immigrating to Quebec
  • Certified true copy of all degrees and diplomas, as well as all corresponding transcripts (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of official work attestation for each job declared in your Quebec Skilled Worker application. Must be printed on company letterhead and contain detailed information about job duration, positions held, tasks performed, and hours worked per week. (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of internship attestation on company letterhead and containing company contact information (if applicable)
  • Certified true copy of all internship agreements completed as part of a study program
  • Photocopy of documentation supporting your work as a self-employed person or contractor
  • Photocopy of certificate of company registration (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of documents demonstrating membership in a professional order (if applicable)
  • Original or certified true copy of income tax return to prove legality of work experience
  • Photocopy of professional practice permit in Quebec as well as authorization to practice a regulated trade in Quebec by local regulatory body (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of certificate of competence or qualification by regulatory body in Quebec (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of mutual recognition arrangement (ARM) eligibility for residents of France (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of French language testing: TEF, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TCF, TCFQ, DELF or DALF (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of English language testing: IELTS (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of proof of relationship with Quebec. Either a Quebec work permit or study permit, or proof of exemption for one, or passport stamps demonstrating a visit to Quebec. (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of proof of family in Quebec. Birth certificate of family member domiciled in the province, as well as their valid Quebec healthcare card and Canadian passport or residency card. (if applicable)

Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW Program) Questions

The application form for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) under the Skilled Worker Program asks a wide variety of questions and includes comprehensive instructions. The official Quebec immigration application asks questions regarding the applicant’s identity, marital status, residential address, family members, dependent children, offer of employment in Quebec validated by the MIDI, as well as if the prospective immigrant is currently residing in Quebec as a student or temporary foreign worker. The Immigration Quebec application forms also ask for the title and code of any degree or diploma attained, if the applicant has ever applied for a temporary stay, permanent residence, or refugee status in Canada, every location the applicant has lived in the past ten years, his or her thorough educational history, and all the jobs held in the past five years as well as the precise tasks performed at each job. The Quebec Skilled Worker application also asks for meticulous information regarding any visits to Quebec in the last ten years, English and French proficiency test scores, which city or region of Quebec the applicant plans to reside in, intended occupation once living in Quebec, and whether or not the applicant has retained the services of a Quebec immigration lawyer or consultant. Skilled Worker Quebec applicants must also sign a declaration on the common values of Quebec society, and spouses or common-law partners must also sign a declaration regarding their relationship with the main applicant.

Quebec Migration – Quebec PR Rules & Process

Quebec selected immigration is assessment based, and only qualified individuals will be invited to settle in the province as a permanent worker. The process to obtain PR in Quebec involves procuring a CSQ and then applying to become a Canadian permanent resident. Using a calculator and the skilled immigration points grid provided above, it is possible for interested parties to determine if they are eligible to participate in the program. A Quebec immigration lawyer or regulated Quebec immigration consultant (RCIC) can also help determine QSW Program eligibility.

We update this website frequently, so please check back often for the latest Quebec Skilled Worker news and rules. In addition to updated Quebec Skilled Worker requirements, processing times and news, we will also share any changes made to the Immigration Quebec selection grid for skilled workers. The official Quebec immigration website is also an excellent source of information and news. Click here to visit the Quebec immigration official website which also contains the Quebec immigration office contact info. Please note: some people casually refer to the Skilled Worker Program as the “Quebec PNP Program.” This is not an accurate term, however, as Quebec is the only province in Canada without an official provincial nominee program since they handle their own immigration outside of the federal system.

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83 Responses to Quebec Skilled Worker

  1. adelyn says:

    1.i am interested to apply as qsw and will accompany by spouse and my child(once born this august2014,im currentlt pregnant right now).i already finished preliminary assesment thru guebec website and i am eligible to apply.. i already gathered the requirements..my question is would that be possible if i will now send my application and ielts results will be to follow? Since my ielta exam will be on june 21 and will eeceived the results in july 5..
    2.i would like also to ask if i will be sending my application now..would that be possible if will add my child as my in application this august 2014..whar would be the requirements?
    3. I would like also to ask to where i can sebd my qsw application for certificate- im from the philipines. Thank you

  2. Hafiz Saad says:

    I am currently pursuing Masters in Building Engineering from Concordia University as an International Student & i have successfully completed 2 semesters. I also have bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Pakistan & an experience of more than 7 months in my area of study & also recently i have got my SIN that allows me to work in quebec full time during my schedule breaks & part time during studies. Now here i want to make a point that my brother in law who is a canadian citizen has a business related to exporting used cars & automobile parts and he is offering me a Job in his Company. I would like to know that does this qualifies me to submit an application for CSQ and what would be my future option about my PR concerning this scenario. Hope to have your early response.

  3. Rayan d'souza says:

    My spouse has completed 2 years of national apprenticeship training scheme for trade’ Steward’ in 1999-2000 and now currently working in usa cruise as bar supervisor. So what will be the points in education and spousal area of training in spousal details

  4. ali says:

    i do apply for skilled worker in 2011 for Quebec and now they ask me for french test any body help to tell me how the procedure going and how many points i need

  5. Fenilkunar patel says:

    I am an international student. I will complete Master of Engineering(mechanical) in 4 months. I have 36 months of part time internship(unpaid) while doing undergraduation in India. Also I will attain 12 months of part time experience as a receptionist in Montreal. I am 22 yrs. I have IELTS(academic) speaking 6.5, reading 7, writing 7, listening 8.5. I don’t know French at all. Am I eligible to apply under any program ?

  6. Eric Lee says:

    Hi. my name is Eric lee and i have a question on the work experience section.

    currently, I have a Five and half months of experience and i really need to go back to country because of my family’s funeral…

    unfortunately, my workpermit ends mid-February.

    and i might not be able to come back at this time.

    however, i heard that if i have a study permit , i can apply for sin number and also work with it.

    here’s my question – can i still make a work experience with study permit ? (report tax and apply it for experience?)

    thank you so much.

  7. akhil says:

    hi…i hav done my bachelors in information technology…please let me if it fits into the area of training list??

    • Pratik says:

      Hi akhil.. I too have completed my bachelors in IT from Mumbai. I am planning to apply for CSQ in ealry next year. Can you please let me know if Bach in IT is worth 16 points. I do not see it specifically mentioned in AOT list of 2015.
      Can you please enlighten me more about this.

      Thanks

  8. Samjhana Gajurel says:

    I have certificate level in Nursing from Kathmandu University, Nepal. I would like to apply for Quebec skilled worker. Kindly request you to know that can i apply as Nursing (DCS) or Health, Assistance, and Nursing (DVS). when will open quebec skilled worker program 2015? Thank you.

  9. Respected sir
    I would like to know the on line link for creating my profile as a first step

    Thank you

    Truly

    Ms Archana

  10. nitish kumar says:

    Dear sir
    My name is Nitish Kumar . I have done my graduation in BSC.IT in April 2012. My DOB is 13-june-1991. I am interested in Canada work permit and PR.I have done ECA from WES. I have got overall 5.5 bands ( L-5.5 R-5 W-5.5 S-5 )in IELTS. I have an experience as a Computer lab assistant for 2 years 8 months.
    Am i eligible for Canada PR ( Quebec )?

  11. mrs.sandeep kaur says:

    Want to apply for Quebec 2015 for PR,with my husband and two kids.Got 6.5 in IELTS and did DELF A1.Please suggest.

  12. gurvinder singh says:

    hello i already apply for immigration as i am living in montreal .i applied 3 months before but i havnt get file number and i applied through point system..as i did btech and 2 years exprnc …so please can u tell me what kind of my status ???

  13. prashant singh says:

    Hi my name is prashant I have applied for qwsp last 30 th may 2015.By profession iam Engineer B.tech in information&Tech ..I do have 7+ Experience in Telecom value added services domain.I just want to confirm the intake dates for qwsp ..when to reopen And how long will it take to obtain CSQ(processing time).

    REGARDS,
    PRASHANT

    • Pratik says:

      Hi prashant.. I too have completed my bachelors in IT from Mumbai. I am planning to apply for CSQ in early next year. Can you please let me know if Bach in IT is worth 16 points. I do not see it specifically mentioned in AOT list of 2015.
      Can you please enlighten me more about this.

      Thanks

  14. mae says:

    Hi.. im undergraduate of nursing course.. im from philippines.. May i know if I have a chance of being selected under QSWP.. ive done online evaluation and the result was, I am eligible to apply.. arvice please.. I worked in call center companies, i have a child, im 26 years old, and i will be taking ielts exam on august, also french test after the ielts.. pls advice.. thanks…

  15. srinivas says:

    Hi Friends my name is srinivasreddy i am interested in Quebec immigration PR in Canada but i am checking in point based system. i got in 51 points. but not write the IELTS and French test also..right now i am apply for PR or not.. i am eligible for Quebec Immigration..Please reply me..Thank You..

    • Raja says:

      100 % you are eligible, but take IELTS test . Its must now :) if you score atleast CLB 5 i believe without interview you will get Your PR.

  16. julie says:

    Is Quebec diploma given extra 6 points. Apart from education points.
    Also if I graduate in June 2016. My age is 40. My points is 8 . My bday is on July 4th . My points for age are calculated after July?

  17. pankaj says:

    i am pankaj from india.i done my 12th and after two year diploma in automobile and 4yr relevant experience.i got ielts gt with 5 band.can i eligible for quebec skilled worker.

  18. ravel says:

    hello sir, i have calculated my points in qsw program and i got 49 points with ielts score 6 each. which makes me qualify to apply for it. i want to know that if i do french after apply and get b2 level certificate, will it help me to get 6 points in adaptability interview? can i bring my french certificate in that interview?

  19. Andrea says:

    I am Canadian living in Quebec and my husband, who is American is applying for a CSQ so he can eventually become a Permanent Resident in Quebec. I am confused about how to classify my husband in this application according to his training and job which he has received from the US. He is an Airline Pilot.
    Here are his education/job details:
    -2 years general college diploma, simultaneously went to flight school and received air-operators certificate
    -Followed by 3 years Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    -has been working as a pilot since he was in flight school at 18 (that’s 12 years of experience in his chosen profession). And he’s been an airline pilot for 5 years and will continue fly until he retires whether for an American airline or a Canadian one.
    -note: he will hold his present job in Chicago even when we live in Quebec because he can commute to work

    Please Advice!

  20. HAMID says:

    Hi there :)

    I’m recently graduated from my bachelor’s in Information Technology and really interested to pursue my work and join my friends in Quebec. I’m 24, with several IT certificates, IELTS Academic 6 (speaking 7), Single, and I know french but no certificate at the time….
    And in addition, I have about 12 months paid-part time work during my last year of Bachelor.

    As I have calculated my score would be as= 16 (age)+ 16 (Major of my study) + 10 (Bachelor’s)+ 4 (part time work more than 6 month) + 1 (financial support) + 5 (IELTS academic with speaking 7) = 52

    Is that correct and I go for enrolling at this program or something missing here?

    Thank you, :)

  21. inderjeet singh says:

    Hlo sir…my wife is working as staff nurse from 15 months…age 25 ..gnm complete in 2013 nd my age is 25 nd i ve done diploma in IT 3 years ..can we apply

  22. D.j.johnson says:

    I got listening-6
    Reading-5.5
    Writing-6
    Speaking-6 in IELTS exam… please tell me am i eligilible to apply for PR in quebec

  23. mcheema says:

    sir i have got overall 5.5 bands in ielts
    listening 5.5
    reading 5.5
    wtiting 5.0
    speaking 5.5
    qualification masters in maths
    marital status married
    experience 4 years 1 month
    age 27 yrs
    spouse………
    age 27yrs
    qualification masters
    what are my chance of getting pr visa in quebec???

  24. javed says:

    Could some one tell me when this QBC program will open again?

  25. Harshal says:

    I have applied in Express Entry but my score is 347 hence can i apply for QBC program,

    I am 34 years old ,
    done Master in Commerce ( as per WES Bachelor per Canadian education)
    I have 10 Year work Experience ,
    Have given IELTS with score R- 7.5 W-6.5 L- 8 S-7.5
    My wife too have given IELTS R-5.5, W- 6, L-5.5 S – 7 and
    Done Bachelors of commerce,
    I have two kids age 2 &6

    I dont Know French Language
    have no relative in Cananda but friend yes
    no Offer letter from companies

    Can i apply ?

  26. alireza says:

    Would you please tell me is it possible to apply for both QSW2015 and Work permit?
    because after I applied for QSW2015 a contractor in Montreal accept to request a work permit for me?

  27. Mo.Tahir Khatri says:

    I got 5.5 allover
    6 in speaking
    5.5 in listening
    5 in writing
    5 in reading

    I am eligible for quebec PR PLEASE LET ME KNOW SIR

  28. Manikanth says:

    Hi CIC Team,

    My age is 35 and I have completed my B.Sc and working as Software Eng with 8+ years of Exp. My IELTS Score is overall band 6 – L 7.5, R 5.5, W 5, S 6.
    My spouse completed Bachelor of Commerce and she is also working as SAP Functional Consultant with 7 years of exp.
    We had a kid who’s age is 1.5 years.
    Could you please let me know whether I am elligible for Canada or any other specific state like Quebec Immigration.

    Thanks in Advance.

    With Regards,
    Manikanth

  29. Nitin says:

    Hi, I have total 7+ Yrs. Of Exp. in IT field, I have completed my B.E. + Diploma in Computer field. My wife’s education is Diploma Computers & having 3Yrs. Of Exp., I have 5 Years of kids as well. I will appear in IELTS exam in Feb 2016, So should i put my file before this? and after getting my IETLS score i will amend this to my file? Should i eligible for QSW Program? What is the minimum requirement for IELTS?

  30. pushpinder kaur says:

    Hello sir.I am primary teacher. I have 8 years experience. I get ilets 5 band and age 32 my spouse age is 32 nd I have a son of8 years.can I apply for Quebec p r 2015

  31. I have done b.tech. in mechanical , experience 4 years as advisor in automobile agency, age 27 years, ielts score R-4.5/W-5.5/L-5.5/S-5.5 overall 5.5. Please, tell me I m eligible for QSWP fast track programme?
    Thanks
    Navneet kumar

  32. kaustav says:

    do i require to get ECA for the latest Quebec process.

  33. Divya says:

    I m lsboratory technician in gujarat state. I want to apply for PR in Quebec. My Ielts score is 6.0 bands nd I hv cleared French level A1 -80% nd A2 -57%. i am eagerly waiting for your reply.

  34. Bibek Bhowmik says:

    I am Graduate Electrical Engineer. I am from Bangladesh. I have more than 5 year working experience. I have no language certificate. My wife is a school teacher. Her last education is Higher Secondary. I have a child. Her age is less than 2 year. Can I apply to Quebec skilled worker program of Immigration in Canada? If it is possible, please inform me, duration of time period and application fees and which persons to contract of processing.

    bibek

  35. Kukku says:

    What is the minimum ielts score to apply quebec. ?

  36. Kousar says:

    I have Enough points for Quebec CSQ apply but i have doubt. please anyone assist me if there is no any relative in Quebec or never i have been there before and don’t have any job offer then also can i apply for CSQ ?

  37. saleh arefin says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am saleh arefin, professionally a mechanical engineer. I want to apply for Quebec Skilled Worker program coming in Jan.18th, 2016. I am 33 years of age, IELTS [GT] score is 6.0 in Speaking + 5.0 in Writing + 4.5 in Reading + 5.0 in Listening. My spouse IELTS [GT] score is 6.5 in all band. I have completed my B.Sc. [M.Eng.] in the year of 2004. I am working as a Mechanical Engineer for almost 10 years. My job is regulated in Canada. To apply under this program, do I needs any ECA report or any certification from regulated body. Please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Saleh Arefin

  38. parminder kaur falfer says:

    i have done gnm nursing and 1 year experience.i got 5 band in ielts.please tell me i eligible to apply for pr in quebec,

  39. Roop says:

    How much time it takes for overall result

  40. mandeep says:

    Sir we need some information my wife has applied for Quebec in February 2014 as a nurse. From India for pr on single basis now she got updation and we want do update marriage certificate on spouse basis sir how much points we required to get csq we have 57points both they have removed adaptability points it will apply for all old files or not please reply me thanx

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      You will be assessed by the same rules as to when you applied. I recommend you contact our office to set up an appointment with a Quebec immigration consultant.

  41. Nirmal Kumar says:

    I am planning to apply for Quebec immigration for skilled worker.
    I would like to know that I have completed Master degree(Master of Computer Applications) and Bachelors Degree(Arts). I know In Educational Qualifications I will get 12 points for Master degree.

    Further my query relating to this, please let me know as per Quebec Selection Criteria for Area of Training(AOT) whether any points will be considered as per my Master of Computer Applications Degree and will be added to contribute in total points or not. I am working in Information Technology as a Senior Consultant(Database Administrator).

  42. Adrián Wenceslao Rodriguez Ramos says:

    Hello my ñame is Adrián Wenceslao Rodriguez Ramos, i’m interested to get a Job in Canada. I studied english ten years ago in Vancouver . I would like to contact some body eso who can explain.

    Regards

  43. sapana says:

    how much ielts score need for qubeck programme?

  44. Azim says:

    Hi this is Azim. I want to apply with my wife. I already finished my master’s. My point is coming without IELTS 57. Can I eligible for apply for Canada Quebec federal skill?? Plz replay me.thanks Azim.

  45. Azim says:

    Hi this is Azim. I want to apply with my wife. I already finished my master’s. My point is coming without IELTS 57. I have also foreign master’s (uk).Can I eligible for apply for Canada Quebec federal skill?? Plz replay me.thanks Azim.

  46. bhumika says:

    I am bcom and dece
    I have 10 yrs of experience in marketing field
    I scored 6 bands in ielts
    am I eligible for pr for quebec
    I am main applicant and two kids will accompany me

  47. Mueksh Kumar says:

    Hi This is Mukesh Kumar from Pakistan. i have been working as a Registered Nurse and almost 7 years full time experience in Nursing field. i calculated my score that was around 59 points including my spouse. please guide me that am i eligible for QSW program to immigrate to Canada.

  48. simarjeet kaur says:

    I got 5 band in ielts and have 2 years experience .any chances for qubec

  49. Alex says:

    I have recently received my CSQ. I am planning to submit my application for permanent residency in this week. I was wondering if I have to stay in Quebec (or even Canada) while my application is being processed?
    May I leave the country and come back as soon as I have my PR application accepted?
    Thanks

  50. shankar chohan says:

    Hi,
    I have experience of 4 years in marketing and Team Management in MNC’s. My overall ielts score is 6 (L-6,R-6,W-6, S-5.5). Can I apply for qswp?

  51. Irshad Rasheed says:

    Hi my name is irshad.
    I did graduation recently and i have almost 2 years experience as a data entry operator and my age is 31 years old. Am I eligible for pr for quebec

  52. robbie pitt says:

    Valuable post . I Appreciate the insight – Does anyone know where I would be able to find a blank OH ODT IT 501 version to edit ?

  53. komal says:

    I did my bachelor’s in 2009 and having 6 years of work experience, can I apply without IELTS for Quebec.

  54. Arvind says:

    have completed B.tech in 2012 then PGDB in banking , i having 2 and half year experience in banking so can i apply fir Quebec.

  55. JINEETH says:

    is teaching experience is calculated for Quebec Immigration

  56. a says:

    Other stay for no less than 2 weeks and not more 3 months. What is meant by this?? does visiting Quebec as a tourist for 3 months give you points.

  57. rahul says:

    what is minimum ielts score required for canada immigration.
    I got 5.5 in 2 and 6 in 2,overall-6 so can I apply

  58. Sanjay Wangade says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have more than 8 years of experience in automobile industry in production of medium engine assembly. My IELTS Score is
    Listening- 6,writing-6,reading-5.5,speaking-6.5.So can I apply for Quebec as a semiskiiled worker.

  59. gill says:

    hlwww, i recieved the AOR 2 months ago, now how much time taken for CSQ,,, and whats the next process and processing time…. thankss….

  60. John Vincent E. Torres says:

    I am a graduate of bachelor of science in elementary education at St. Michaels College,Philippines..i have a National Certificate as a Welder and i graduate last 1999..i have 3 childrens ages 7 sophia,mariana 5 and cobie 1 n 4mons..My wife is currently teaching at the government intetution for 8 years till now..

  61. Gurwinder Singh says:

    Sir
    I am Gurwinder Singh from Tarn taran Punjab (India). I am land surveyor
    I have completed civil engineering with then three years experience in field.
    I information to requirement land surveyor
    Thanks

  62. Andriatahina Ralaimaro Laurent Bien-aimé says:

    I am a man 57 years old from Madagascar and I Want to work in your country. I am maried With 3childrent I have degree in human Resources management. and local dévelopment and management in organisation
    Best Regards
    Andriatahina Ralaimaro Laurent Bien-aimé

  63. garry says:

    Sir I have done masters in computer application from Central university IGNOU. which is distance education.will i get 12 points for madters ?

  64. Manpreet kaur says:

    Am a nurse.have 8 year experience.i want to apply for quebec

  65. Manpreet kaur says:

    I want ur advice for this

  66. mah says:

    Hi CIC team,
    I am trying to fill the application form. I am studying french and English and I know that I am going to get B2 for my french and 6 for my Ielts exam. but I haven’t taken the exams yet, so I will be able to provide the certifications later. is it possicle to fill the form without certifications? can I send the proof of language proficiency after getting file number?

  67. Neelima says:

    Sir our file was picked up and even the fees got deducted how long would it take 2 months ago I received a mail stating that few documents are missing which I submitted this January could you please tell how to check the process

  68. Ajith Anjelose says:

    Hai sir I am a graduated nurse with 4years of experience and 5.5ielts score, I want to migrate to Quebec is it enough for the migration

  69. pooja says:

    Hi i want to know that how i can apply for PR with my whole family. It would be directly or through an agent

  70. Piyush Kalaria says:

    Hi, My self Dr. Piyush Kalaria

    i have completed my Ph.D. in Chemistry. i would like to apply in Qubec through PNP programme.
    My area of training is 2211.
    Presently this catagory is open in Qubeck or not ?

  71. jasjot kaur says:

    gnm 3 years nursing,ielts academic l 7.5,r 6, w 6, s 6.5,intern 6 months ,experience 3.5 years

  72. Atif Azhar says:

    Below is my IELTS score

    Am I elgible or Do I need to do again for Quebec Immigration

    Listening: 6.5
    Reading : 7.0
    Writing : 6.0
    Speaking:5.5
    Overall score: 6.5

    BS in Computer System Engineering
    Experience in IT : 10 years
    Married

  73. Sandipa Das says:

    I am Sandipa from India, Bangalore. I am interested to apply as qsw and will accompany by spouse and my child ( born November 2013). I have finished preliminary assessment thru https://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/ website and I am eligible to apply. I already gathered the requirements. My question are
    1. Can I submit my application without IELTS result?
    2. Can I get job any job offer in Quebec from India?

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