Until December 31, 2014, the process of applications was slightly different, all the occupational categories were divided in two groups, one group contained a list of those occupations (along with NOC) which were considered to be "more in demand" and candidates who had work experience in any of those "more in demand" occupations could apply, provided the application met the selection criteria (the famous six selection factors), scored 67 points and the quota for the category still had vacancies, when applying under this group, there was no requirement to have a valid job offer from a Canadian Employer (a valid job offer meant and still means a positive opinion from Service Canada about the Labour Market Impact Assessment, previously also known as Labour Market Opinion or Arranged Employment Opinion). Only a limited number of applications were accepted under each category per year.
The second group had no quota, anyone who had a valid job offer from a Canadian Employer, (provided the job offer was in NOC 0, A or B level) could apply, still the applicant had to score a minimum of 67 points, but because of the valid job offer added 15 points in the total (10 for Arranged Employment and 5 under the Adaptability factor due to Arranged Employment) meeting the minimum score of 67 was easier for such applicants. And those candidates who were scoring less points in Age, Education or Language, could easily make their total as 67.
For many years above system stayed in vogue, there were major complaints from candidates because the processing times were getting longer and longer. The increased waiting time put a lot of applications at stake, especially, those who applied with a valid job offer. The processing of the applications took a couple of years, so eventually the employers who initially showed intention to hire an individual started retrieving their offers.
Discussions and preparations began to introduce a new more effective system. This system would reduce the processing time bringing talented professionals in Canada faster. Helping to assist the employer's needs and boost the Canadian Economy.
Commencing January 2015, Canada introduced the Express Entry System, details about this system is available in our Express Entry section. All source material is taken from the Canadian Official Website, and to ease this process we provide this information on our website.
A Question arises, are the Express Entry and The Federal Skilled Worker Program separate programs?
The simple answer is that they are the same. Federal Skilled Worker is one of the streams of Canadian Immigration whereas, Express Entry system is the intake process of submitting applications. The applicants have to first become a part of the Express Entry system, and the system automatically qualifies the applicants against the available Immigration Streams (Skilled Worker, Trade Worker and Canadian Experience Class). This section explains different aspects of Federal Skilled Worker program.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for a person who wants to become a permanent resident based on their being qualified in a skilled trade.
In order for someone to qualify under this program, the individual must:
- Either have a qualification certificate in trades issued by a Canadian Province or Territory, or
- They have obtained a valid job offer (LMIA) issued by at least one employer.
The qualification certificate can be obtained in two ways. The applicant either has studied in Canada and completed a program in a specific trade and achieved a certificate. There is an Alternative route for those applying from overseas. They can have past work experience acquired in any country outside of Canada, and then assessed by a trade authority of any province in Canada. After this they become eligible to challenge the exam, and upon clearing the exam they acquire a certificate. We can assist you in the process of having your past work experience assessed by the Trade Authorities.
To acquire a valid job offer, the applicant must have a Canadian Employer apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) on their behalf. Once a positive LMIA is received it can be used to apply for Permanent Residency under the Federal Skill Trade Program.
After you have lived in Canada for some time, you may have obtained the necessary English and/or French skills, and valued skilled work experience. This experience has immersed you into Canadian society. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) was created to help people like you who will have a valuable role in the Canadian economy.
If you are a temporary foreign worker, a foreign student, or have skilled work experience in Canada, you may be in a position to move from temporary to permanent residence under the (CEC) Canadian Experience Class.
The Canadian Experience Class is another stream, now included into Express Entry System. In order for you to apply under CEC an Express Entry Profile must be created. Once this profile is complete an application can be submitted to the pool.
Selection is made on the basis of a point grid for various factors. Points will be awarded for each of these selection factors. The assessment of your application will help to determine if you obtain a sufficient number of points to be selected by Québec.
Does your professional profile (as well as your spouse’s, if applicable) allow you to easily adapt to the requirements and rapid development of the Québec labour market? Check to see if you are eligible for the Regular Skilled Worker Program. The following employability factors will be taken into account:
- your schooling (your level of education and area of training). Note that since December 31, 2015, only diplomas obtained before the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education level criterion;
- your work experience
- your age
- your knowledge of French and English
- your stays in Québec and family relationship with a Canadian citizen or a permanent Québec resident
- having a valid employment offer (this applies only if you have received a job offer that meets certain conditions from a Québec employer.)
- characteristics regarding your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, if applicable
- other factors that will be taken into account: the number of children under the age of 19 who will be accompanying you to Québec
- your capacity for financial self-sufficiency (you must sign a contract confirming your commitment to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec).
A typical immigration procedure, based on the actual experience of numerous immigrants, is described below. Take the time to read it carefully and learn about the steps you can take to make your immigration a success.
If you have not yet decided to immigrate to Québec, you will find a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision.
If you have already made up your mind, take advantage of this opportunity to save both time and energy. You will find plenty of tips to make your immigration and integration easier, but also to assist you in investing in Quebec or establishing or buying a business there.
Here is an overview of the steps you will have to take to achieve your immigration and business goals. You can carry them out in any order you see fit.
- Finding out about Québec and the business environment
- Applying as a business immigrant
- Making an exploratory trip to Québec
- Developing your business project
- Preparing for your life in Québec
- Going into business or acquiring a business
- Getting settled and facilitating your family's integration
Discover Québec and its diversified, modern and dynamic economy. It will be useful for you to know about its most promising sectors, competitive operating costs, corporate taxation system, quality labour force and open and stimulating business environment. Québec offers you a wealth of potential! Find out more.
You’re planning to immigrate to Québec and want to file an official application form. Please note that no priority or special consideration is given to the file of an applicant who uses the services of an immigration intermediary. To directly submit your application for the immigration program of your choice, find out about the appropriate procedure.
The experience of many business immigrants has shown that it is a preferable to devote one or two years to carefully preparing your immigration plan. This is the ideal time to make one or more exploratory trips to Québec.
A number of resources are available to help you develop, evaluate and put down on paper your business project. Don’t hesitate to use them. Preparing a business project is among the conditions for your business to succeed in Québec.
Take advantage of the time it will take to receive your permanent resident visa to prepare yourself. This will make you and your family’s integration that much easier.
You will have to complete a number of formalities to establish your business in Québec. Do not hesitate to use the assistance available to guide you in your business endeavour in Québec.
If you’re looking for a business opportunity, there are a variety of sources that can provide information on attractive options.
Find out about the first steps you should take as soon as you arrive and the services offered by the government and its partner organizations to facilitate your integration and that of your family.
Following the entry into effect of the Regulation respecting quotas of brokers and trust companies (PDF, 42 Kb) on July 15, 2015, financial intermediaries must have been allocated a number of agreements (quota) in order to sign an investment agreement with a foreign national who is submitting an application for a selection certificate.
- Have, alone or with his accompanying spouse, including de facto spouse, net assets of at least $1,600,000 CAN obtained legally, excluding the amounts received by donation less than six months before the date on which the application was filed;
- Have experience in management in a legal farming, commercial or industrial business, or in a legal professional business where the staff, excluding the investor, occupies at least the equivalent of two full-time jobs, or for an international agency or a government or one of its departments or agencies;
- We define management experience as the exercise, for at least two years in the five years preceding the application for a selection certificate, of duties related to the planning, management and control of financial resources and of human or material resources under your authority; the experience does not include experience acquired in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process attested to by a diploma.
- Intend to settle in Québec and sign an agreement to invest $800,000 CAN with a financial intermediary (broker or trust company) authorized to participate in the Investor Program.
- The investment agreement is one of the documents to be submitted with the Application for a Certificat de selection du Québec.
- The investment of $800,000 CAN for a five year term is guaranteed by the Gouvernement du Québec.
- Brokers and trust companies offer the possibility of financing the investment.
- Revenues generated by the applicant’s investment will be used to finance two Québec < a href="http://www.emploiquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/starting-a-new-job/employment-integration-programs/employment-integration-program-for-immigrants-and-visible-minorities-priime/">business assistance programs, Business Assistance—Immigrant Investor Program and Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities.
- At the end of the five year term, the broker or trust company will, within 30 days, reimburse the applicant $800,000 CAN without interest. However, the amount may vary if the applicant secured financing for the investment.
The assessment of your application will also take into account other factors such as your age, the nature and duration of your professional training and your language skills.
- Remain in Canada as a Temporary Resident Permit Holder
- Applying for a Work Permit – Student Guide
- Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and Work Permit for victims of human trafficking
- Search of Citizenship Records
- Renounce Canadian Citizenship
- Application to renounce Canadian citizenship – R7.1 (for certain persons who acquired citizenship under amendments to the Citizenship Act in 2009 or 2015)
- Resume Canadian Citizenship
- Resume Canadian Citizenship – Canadian Armed Forces
- Request to correct a date of birth for Citizenship (PDF, 1.15MB)
- Withdrawal of Citizenship Application (PDF, 725.77KB)
- Medical Condition Questionnaire (PDF, 620.99KB)
- Application for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment
- Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or replacement of an immigration document
- Access to information and privacy requests
- Consent for an access to information and personal information request
- Rehabilitation for Persons who are Inadmissible to Canada because of Past Criminal Activity
- Use of a Representative
- Release of Information to an Individual
- Application to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Resident or Valid Temporary Resident Documents
- Fees return for terminated programs – Federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneurs
- Statutory declaration of common-law union (PDF, 621.91KB) June 2015
- International Mobility Program Employer Compliance Voluntary Disclosure Form (PDF, 1.83MB)
- Request for a citizenship or immigration document with an "X" in the sex field