Quebec in Canada has held its second provincial draw of 2021.
On March 30, 2021, a total of 208 candidates have been invited by Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration [MIFI]to “submit an application for permanent selection” through the province.
|Individuals that were issued invitations in the latest Quebec draw were candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program [QSWP] that had filed an Expression of Interest [EOI] in Arrima, the online registration portal of Quebec.
The date of extraction from the Arrima Bank was that of March 29, 2021 at 6:30 am.
All the above-mentioned individuals that had filed their EOI on the date and time of retrieval received invitations in the March 30 Quebec draw.
This is the second Arrimadraw to be held in 2021, the 15th Arrima draw since the launch of the Arrima portal in 2019.
The first Arrima draw was held on July 4, 2019.
Canada and Quebec have hadimmigration agreements since 1971. Three different agreements – the Lang-Cloutier Agreement , the Andras-Bienvenue Agreement , and the Cullen-Couture Agreement  – were later replaced by the Canada-Quebec Accord.
The Accord granted greater autonomy to Quebec in the selection of immigrants, taking into account the federal as well as bilingual character of Canada, at the same time recognizing the distinct identity of Quebec.
|Quebec-selected skilled workers are skilled workers that intend taking up permanent residence in Canada and living within Quebec.
There are two stages of the process for an individual intending to immigrate to Canada under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program [QSWP].
STAGE 1: Applying to the government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate, also referred to as a ‘CSQ’ for Certificat de sélection du Québec.
STAGE 2: Applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canada PR.
There were two specific types of immigrants targeted in the latest March 30 Quebec draw.
Invitations issued by Quebec went to individuals that had –
A “validated offer of employment”
Been staying in Quebec as “as a diplomat, consular officer, representative or official, duly accredited, of a foreign country or of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any intergovernmental organization of which Québec or Canada is a member and who carries out official duties in Québec, or is a member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer, representative or official” [as per Section 26 of Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3)]
The Arrima Portal of Quebec allows for “a better alignment between immigration and the needs of Quebec’s labour market”.
Individuals that wish to immigrate to Quebec permanently or temporarily under any of the following will be required to go through the Arrima Portal –
The use of the Arrima Portal is completely free.
In 2021, Quebec plans on welcoming up to 47,500 newcomers to the province. Between 26,500 to 31,200 CSQs are to be issued this year.
All Arrima draws [since the launch of the program in September 2018]
|No. of draw||Invitation Dates||Number of Invitations issued|
|1||July 4, 2019||691|
|2||July 17, 2019||259|
|3||August 19, 2019||444|
|4||September 4, 2019||32|
|5||September 25, 2019||169|
|6||October 23, 2019||89|
|7||October 29, 2019||73|
|8||December 12, 2019||85|
|9||December 17, 2019||220|
|10||January 16, 2020||23|
|11||June 18, 2020||7|
|12||September 24, 2020||365|
|13||December 16, 2020||233|
|14||January 26, 2021||95|
|15||March 30, 2021||208|
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