The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will begin accepting
postal applications on November 4, 2015. The QSWP is a Quebec-run
immigration program that operates on a first-come, first-served
basis. This feature distinguishes it from the federally run Express
Entry program, which prioritizes candidates based on certain
selection criteria. This makes the QSWP a more predictable and
straightforward path to permanent residency for qualified
The QSWP will operate in two cycles, with up to 3,500 postal
applications being accepted from November 4, 2015 through December
15, 2015. A second cycle for online applications will run from
January 18, 2016 to March 31, 2016 and will accept up to 2,800
The QSWP uses a points-based system to determine eligibility,
with applications being processed on a first-come, first served
basis. Points are awarded based on an applicant's area of
training, experience, age, language proficiency and relationship
with Quebec (through family ties or prior visits). Unlike other
Quebec programs, French language proficiency is not a requirement
of the QSWP, though additional points are awarded to candidates
fluent in French. In addition, candidates do not need to hold a job
offer to qualify for the program.
Candidates Applying Through Express Entry
Candidates may apply simultaneously through both Express Entry
and the QSWP, though they must withdraw one profile if a selection
or invitation is issued to the other profile. This makes the QSWP a
useful program for Express Entry candidates who do not hold an LMIA
and are therefore not guaranteed selection through that
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.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
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.
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