Selection process for Skilled Workers
The Quebec Province has an agreement with
Canadian Government which allows them to select and nominate
their own candidates to immigrate to that province, according to
their own requirements.
For many Skilled Workers, especially those who
speak Spanish and do not speak English fluently, it can be
easier to immigrate through the Quebec Provincial Program, than
obtaining the visa through the Canada Federal Program of
Immigration (Chapters 6 to 9 of this book).
To obtain the Permanent
Resident Visa in the Province of Quebec, you must start the
process through the office of Quebec Government of your country.
Once you have the approval of the Quebec Government, called
Quebec Selection Certificate,
documents are sent and process continues through the
CITIZEN AND IMMIGRATION CANADA (CIC)
or the Canadian Embassy, who process and finally grant Resident
Province has its own selection process to select skilled workers and
professionals who want to live in it. This Provincial Immigration Program is
based in a minimum of 60 points, is different from the Federal Program of
Canada, and has the following points as main characteristics.
Professions or accepted occupations are those needed by the Quebec Province
(see 20.6 Accepted Occupations in Quebec)
Required language is French and accepted level is not very high.
Points granted for language is not so relevant (8/60) as the
English in the Federal Program for the rest of Canada (25/67 points).
Selection process grants higher points to applicants between 23 and 30 years
Quebec Province takes into account family aspects as number of children
(more children, more points) and
to the applicant plays a key role in the approval, since during it; the
Quebec Visa Officer has the opportunity of evaluating and determine points
for the “ADAPTABILITY” factor, based on aspects such as applicant’s personal
qualities, his motivation, personal knowledge of the province and having
relatives or friends in Quebec.
ABOUT THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
Quebec Province is the second in population
in Canada, with aprox 7.600.000 (2005), behind Ontario, which represents
near 24 % of the total Canadian population. It is also the larger Province
in Canada in extension. Official language in Quebec is French, and together
with New Brunswick Province, are the only two in Canada where English is not
the official Language.
Main City in the Province is Montreal. It is
a modern and vibrant city, especially in the summer, full of history and
culture. Meeting Point of different traditions and cultures, where people
from all over the world live in harmony. Montreal has its own style between
European and American cities, although it is said that it is the most
European of American cities. Quebec is the home of people with the
privilege of being connected to strong cultural flows.
Fertility rate in Quebec, now a days at 1.48,
is one of the lower of Canada. This rate has decreased dramatically from
1960, when it was of the highest among industrialized countries.
For this reason, the Province of Quebec has a
strong plan to attract immigrant families from different countries of the
world. In recent years, the increase of population in some towns of Quebec
was promoted with several families from South America, especially from areas
in conflict, like Colombia. The result has been positive and hopefully, this
trend shall remain in the future, to continue developing different regions,
especially agricultural and industrial zones of the province.
Another way of increasing population in
Quebec is by means of international adoption of infants. 42 % of the
international adoptions in Canada have been made in Quebec, in 2002. This is
a very representative figure, taking into account that the population of
Quebec is 24 % of the total population of Canada.
- SELECTION CRITERIA OF QUEBEC
Quebec Government selects candidates based in
working experience, profession or occupation, age, French language and ties
to the Quebec Province. You must have education, experience and the right
working profile to mingle successfully in the labor market of the province.
To be elected, you must fulfill the requirements in two stages:
Stage #1 - Working Experience
Stage #2 – Evaluation and General Pointing (Factors of: adaptability, age,
language, ties with the province, etc)
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