Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) invites foreign nationals that are highly educated and trained, planning to work and settle in this part of the country.

Developed by the Government of Quebec and the Canadian Federal Government, prospective applicants are evaluated on pre-requisites to score points, and are awarded Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) that assists them to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

 

Requirement

Based upon following factors immigrants applying under Quebec Skilled Worker Program need to score at least 50 points to pass, and if applying with a spouse or a common-law partner then minimum score requirement is 59

 

1. Education / Training (max. 26 points)

Points are awarded on applicant’s area of education (14 points) and training (12 points).

Cutoff score of 2 points is awarded to applicant who has obtained at least a secondary school general diploma completed 5 years prior to applying under this program. Or that the prospective immigrant has worked accordingly to their degree or diploma for at least 12 months 5 years prior to submitting here.

 Education Points

High School – 2

Vocational High School – 6

Post-secondary schooling (full-time for 2 years) – 4

Technical post-secondary schooling (full-time for 1 year) – 6

Technical post-secondary schooling (full-time for 2 years) – 6

Undergraduate degree (full-time for 1+ years) – 4

Undergraduate degree (full-time for 2+ years) – 6

Undergraduate degree (full-time for 3+ years) – 10

Post-graduate degree – 12

PhD – 14

Training Section Points

A – 12

B – 9

C – 6

D – 2

E – 0

F – 0

G – 0

 

2. Work Experience (max. 8 points)

The work experience gained must be 5 years prior to submission under Quebec Skilled Worker Program, involving paid and unpaid employment experience. Unremunerated employment or internship must be in accordance with training or education.

Points

Worked less than 6 months – 0

Worked from 6 months to 1 year – 4

Worked from 1 to 2 years – 4

Worked from 2 to 3 years – 6

Worked from 3 to 4 years – 6

Worked over 4 years – 8

Age (max. 16 points)

Age selection factor rewards prospective immigrants that have long and prosperous careers to grow ahead.

Points

Age 18 to 35 – 16

Age 36 – 14

Age 37 – 12

Age 38 – 10

Age 39 – 8

Age 40 – 6

Age 41 – 4

Age 42 – 2

Age above 43 – 0

 

 3. Language (max. 22 points)

Points are scored based on applicant’s French language skills because French is the common language spoken in the province of Quebec.

Proficiency in French requires minimum 16 points as against 6 points for English.

Quebec accepts French and English evaluation tests or diplomas from Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP-IDF) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) respectively.

And classifies applicants under following

Category

Low Beginner understands short or common phrases and can express simple things.

High Beginner understands basic day to day information and can express them effectively in real situations.

Low Intermediate understands information heard in typical situations and can communicate them in everyday scenarios.

High Intermediate understands language covering wide variety of subjects and can speak clearly and effectively on the same.

Advanced person understands complicated language easily while replying confidently.

 

4. Family Members (max. 8 points)

Those applicants who stayed or have family in Quebec are considered for selection.

Family members in Quebec offer 3 points while Stay period awards 5 points.

Only family members currently residing in Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers), Saguenay, Drummondville, or any town, village, city or area in the Province of Quebec are eligible to apply.

Family members who reside in other parts of Canada are not eligible.

Family Points

Spouse – 3

Sibling – 3

Parent – 3

Child – 3

Grandparent – 3

Uncle or aunt – 0

Nephew or niece – 0

Cousin – 0

Stay (Worked/Studied) Points

Min. 3 months – 5 points

Min. 6 months – 5 points

Only stayed (exclude work or school) for more than 2 weeks – 1

Only Stayed (exclude work or school) for more than 3 months – 2

Stayed for less than 2 weeks – 0

 

 5. Spouse Qualification (max. 17 points)

The Spouse’s qualification involves level of education and training associated and gives 4 points to each.

Spouse age contributes 3 points and French language proficiency awards 6 points.

Total minimum score of an applicant having spouse/common-law partner is higher than that of a single applicant.

Education Points

General high school – 1

Vocational high school – 2

General postsecondary school (full-time for 2 years) – 1

Technical postsecondary school (full-time for 1 year) – 2

Technical postsecondary school (full-time for 2 years) – 2

Technical postsecondary school (full-time for 3 years) – 3

Undergraduate degree (full-time for more than 1 year) – 1

Undergraduate degree (full-time for more than 2 years) – 2

Undergraduate degree (full-time for more than 3 years) – 3

Post-Graduate degree – 4

PhD – 4

Training Section Points

A – 4

B – 3

C – 2

D – 1

E – 0

F – 0

G – 0

Spouse Age Points

18 to 35 years – 3

36 years -2

37 years – 2

38 years – 2

39 years – 2

40 years – 1

41 years – 1

42 years – 1

Above 43 years – 0

 

6. Job Offer (max. 10 points)

Applicants having validated permanent employment offer are awarded points that depends on the location of their job.

Points (Area wise)

Montreal – 8

Outside Montreal – 10

 

7. Accompanying Children (max. 8 points)

Applicants coming here with their children are awarded points on basis of child’s age.

Points

Single child age under 13 years – 4

Single child age between 13 to 19 years – 2

 

8. Funds (max. 1 point)

Applicants who meet minimum settlement funds requirement according to Quebec immigration are eligible to apply.

Minimum Funds Required (Canadian Dollar – CAD)

1 adult – CAD $3,016

1 adult with 1 child (age less than 18) – CAD $4,052

1 adult with 2 children (age less than 18) – CAD $4,574

1 adult with 3 children (age less than 18) – CAD $5,096

1 adult with more than 4 children (age less than 18) – CAD $522/child

1 adult with 1 child (age over 18) – CAD $1,406/child

2 adults – CAD 4,422

2 adults with 1 child (age less than 18) – CAD $4,954

2 adults with 2 children (age less than 18) – CAD $5,347

2 adults with 3 children (age less than 18) – CAD $5,739

2 adults with more than 4 children (age less than 18) – CAD $393/child

2 adults & 1 child (age over 18) – CAD $1,406/child

According to Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), minimum fund requisites are subject to change for Quebec immigrants.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Processing Fees

Following is the mandatory Government processing fee under Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration Program

Single applicant – CAD $773

Spouse / common-law partner – CAD $166

Dependents (children) – CAD $166/child

After CSQ is obtained by an applicant, a separate application can be submitted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to avail permanent residence.

Requirement under CIC calls for applicant’s medical and criminal record checks.

Final decision to admit applicants stays under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.