Quebec issues 83 invitations in new Arrima draw
On April 29, Quebec invited 83 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) who have filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.
In the most recent round, two types of candidates were invited:
- Those with a legitimate job offer, and
- Those who were in Quebec, diplomats, consular officers, United Nations representatives, or representatives of any intergovernmental organisation with operations in the province, as well as their employees.
This was the third draw that Quebec held this year. The other two draws took place on March 30th and January 26th, respectively. A total of 386 applicants have been invited to apply for permanent selection by the province in the year 2021.
Quebec’s immigration is operated by the province and governed by standards and procedures that are different from those used for Canada’s Immigration programs. However, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada is ultimately holding power for deciding on immigration applications.
Arrima was launched in 2018 to manage the RSWP applicant pool and to simplify the application intake process, which was previously focused on a “first-come, first-served” approach.
If a candidate aged 18 and above wants to immigrate to Quebec through the RSWP must first create an EOI profile in Arrima, after which they will be placed in a pool of candidates
MIFI (Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration) then invites the most suitable candidates based on a variety of factors, including current provincial labour market needs and the individual’s potential to integrate into Quebec society.
The invited candidate will have 60 days to submit their immigration application, pay the fees and submit the required documents.
Planned Immigration Levels
Both the Quebec government and the federal government have committed to raise their immigration targets in the coming years. Quebec intends to accept up to 47,500 newcomers by 2021. In the meantime, Canada expects to accept over 400,000 immigrants through its numerous immigration services in the coming year.