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IMMIGRATION TO QUEBEC (Plan B)

Selection process for Skilled Workers

IMPORTANT

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 Visas.

 

Quebec 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.

h Professions or accepted occupations are those needed by the Quebec Province (see 20.6 Accepted Occupations in Quebec)

h Required language is French and accepted level is not very high.

h 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).

h Selection process grants higher points to applicants between 23 and 30 years old.

h Quebec Province takes into account family aspects as number of children (more children, more points) and wife’s education.

hInterview 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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