Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker Program

Quebec PNP

Quebec skilled worker program is a part of Quebec PNP points-based immigration system, which is managed and operated by the French province of Canada-Quebec. The stream is designed to attract foreign skilled workers who want to permanently relocate to Quebec and make valuable contributions to the province’s economic growth and development.

Though the official language of Quebec is French, the program does not actually require applicants to demonstrate proficiency in the French language in order to be eligible. This means that the program is equally attractive to the English speakers as much as it is for the French.

The Quebec Skilled Worker program has specific eligibility criteria that applicants must meet to qualify. The program allows applicants to include their spouse, common-law partner, or dependent children in their application. The program requires applicants with an accompanying spouse or young children to score more points.

Another unique thing about the Quebec PNP- it does not have an eligible list of occupations, unlike Federal skilled worker programs. All you need is to fulfil the basic eligibility criteria set by the government and then migrate to Quebec, regardless of whether your occupation is in demand or not.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program-Basic Eligibility

Your application will be accepted under the QSW program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your training (level of education and area of training). 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 permanent employment offer validated by the Ministère.
  • Characteristics of your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse, if applicable
  • Other factors, including the number of children under the age of 22 who will be accompanying you to Québec
  • Your capacity for financial self-sufficiency

Quebec Skilled Worker Program- Process

The Quebec skilled worker program 2020 is a bit complex as compared to any federal skilled worker program. If you score sufficient points, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Arrima online portal. There are different eligibility requirements for single applicants as compared to applicants with accompanying spouse or common-law partner.

While submitting an EOI, candidates must provide information related to their age, language skills, work experience, education, level of training, etc.

Additionally, all applicants under the QSW program are assessed through two different stages- selection and admission.

Selection occurs at the provincial level, while admission occurs at the federal level. For a smooth immigration, candidates must fulfil the criteria set for both selection and admission process.

In the selection process- an applicant must get selected by the provincial government of Quebec for migration. Your selection is demonstrated through a Quebec Selection Certificate known as Certificat de sélection du Québec [CSQ]. The certificate is a proof that the province has accepted your application.

Once you have received the selection certificate, it’s time to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence. This step is known as Admission.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program 2020-Points Allocation

Training (up to 26 points): In this factor, an applicant’s level of education as well as field of training are considered while calculating the points. To score the maximum points, the prospective applicant must possess a high school degree or certificate.

Language Skills (up to 22 points): in this section, points are allocated based on the language test results in either French or English. Though, it is not mandatory to know the French language, but having some skills in it definitely helps you grab additional points in the grid.

Work Experience (Up to 8 points) – the Quebec skilled worker program allows candidates to score points on their work experience. The candidate must have at least 6 months of experience to gain points. Maximum points are available for applicants with more than 4 years of experience.

Age (up to 16 points)-maximum of 16 points are available for applicants applying for the QSW program. The age criteria awards the maximum points to applicants between 18-35 years of age. The points start getting lower once you cross the 35 years. No points are available for people above 43 years.

Skilled Spouse/De-facto Spouse (up to 17 points): Having a skilled spouse can actually help you fetch additional points on your application. If your spouse meets the language skills, education, and age related criteria, then you can claim more points for the same.

Job Offer in Quebec (up to 14 points): a valid offer of employment from an employer in Quebec is worth up to 14 points. The point distribution in this category will vary based on in the region and where the job opportunity is located.

Prior Stay and Family Members in Quebec (up to 8 points): if the candidate has ever lived in Quebec- either for study, job, or just for a visit (not less than two weeks)- or has social ties in the province, then can grab additional points.

Financial Self-Sufficiency (1 point): prospective applicants under the Quebec Skilled Worker program must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to live comfortably in Quebec in the initial days.


  • Application for Selection Certificate – Principal applicant – Spouse or de facto spouse (Form A-0520-AA), duly completed and signed.
  • Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency (Form A-0522-OA), duly completed and signed.
  • Photocopy of your valid passport indicating your identity, the issue and expiry date of the passport and any changes made to this information.
  • certificate of birth
  • Marriage certificate/divorce certificate/marriage annulment/death certificate of spouse.
  • At least two items attesting to your status as de facto spouse on which your name and the name of your spouse appear. This could include Statements of joint bank accounts or utility bills.
  • Recent passport-size photo of you and each family member accompanying you

Additional documents will be required in the following conditions:

  • If you have dependent children
  • If your occupation is regulated in Quebec
  • If you have temporary resident status in a country other than your country of citizenship or permanent residence

Quebec Skilled Worker Program- Fees and Processing Time

Processing fee under the QSW program or Quebec PNP depends on the stage you are at currently-Selection or Admission. The fee is paid in Canadian dollars to the Quebec government and is non-refundable.

Please refer to the below fee structure while applying for the Quebec Selection Certificate

Principal applicant  $812
Spouse or de facto spouse $174
Each dependent child $174

The following fee is to be paid to the Federal government of Canada:

  • Principal Applicant: $CAN 550 (processing fee) + $CAN 490 (right of permanent residence fee) = $CAN 1,040
  • Spouse/De-facto Spouse: $CAN 550 (processing fee) + $CAN 490 (right of permanent residence fee) = $CAN 1,040
  • Dependent child: $CAN 150 (per child)

The processing time for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program is 15 to 17 months.

Quebec Values Test

As of 1st January 2020, immigrants wishing to permanently settle in Quebec through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program 2020 will have to pass the ‘Quebec Values Test’ before their application continues to process.

The values test is a part of Bill 9, introduced for the purpose of maintaining Quebec socio-economic prosperity while meeting the labor market needs of the province. The test will include questions related to secularism, gender rights in Quebec, same-sex marriages, and other aspects of Quebec’s culture and its society.

Doesn’t matter whether you are a primary applicant or secondary, if your name is included in the application, then you will be required the take the test. Applicants are required to obtain an attestation of learning about Quebec’s values.

Refugees and those coming to the province via family reunification programs are exempt from the test because they are under federal jurisdiction.

All applicants must take the test within two years before officially applying for a permanent residency status in Canada.

ABHINAV offers assistant in the following aspects of the Value test:

  • Quebec is a French-speaking society
  • Quebec is a democratic society
  • Equality between women and men
  • The rights and responsibilities of Quebecers
  • Quebec is a secular society
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