Canada's immigration policies have undergone major changes
at the federal level. Immigrating to Canada under federal programs
has become more difficult and unpredictable by any measure. Yet
Quebec continues to offer professionals a pathway to Canada under
the province's popular immigration programs which will account
for 55,000 newcomers this year, representing 20% of Canada's
Immigration in Canada is shared between the federal government
and each of the provinces and territories. Quebec enjoys
comprehensive rights in this area that are unparalleled in Canada.
Once the province approves an application, the federal jurisdiction
is confined to medical and security related issues.
Quebec features two popular quota-based programmes: the Quebec Skilled Workers Programme (QSWP) and
the Quebec Immigrant Investor Programme (QIIP).
The QIIP will begin accepting up to 1750 applications for 5-months
beginning on August 31, 2015. The Quebec government has not
specified its QSWP launch date but confirms it will take place
anytime before October 1, 2015. The QSWP will accept 6300
The QSWP is point based and somewhat comparable to the Federal
Skilled Worker Programme. However, despite being a French speaking
province, the program features more lenient criteria and a
predictable process. As many occupations do not require advanced
French language skills, Quebec is a popular option for many
intending immigrants to Canada who can submit an application before
annual quotas are reached.
The most recent application cycle started on April 1, 2014, and
the application cap of 6,500 was filled within four months.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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