Quebec immigration is different.
Other provinces also have a fair amount of influence through the provincial nominee programs, but no other province has such a strong category of immigration as Quebec.
The province selects its own economic immigrants and refugees and also has influence on the admission of medical visitors, temporary workers and students coming to Quebec. These and other provisions are laid down in the Canada – Quebec Accord.
While the family reunification programs/family sponsorship apply in Quebec as in any other province (except for some of the financial requirements), economic immigration in Quebec is special and unique.
Quebec economic immigration is a general term for the following programs:
After being selected by Quebec Immigration, you will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate. To pass the next level, you still have to meet the admissibility requirements of the Federal Government of Canada.
Some programs of Quebec Immigration require an upper-intermediate level of French. Others do not require such skills. However, applications of candidates with strong French language skills are being processed with priority.
Since Quebec is a primarily French speaking region, it is recommended that you improve your French skills in case you consider settling there.
FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED/NO COMPETITION
Quebec currently serves immigration applicants on a first-come first-served basis. In other words: you do not have to compete with other applicants to get “your shot”.
As opposed to the Express Entry System, the points an applicant can be granted are not ranked against other applicant’s profiles.
That means that you should receive your Quebec Selection Certificate, provided that
- the respective quota has not yet been met
- you apply by the applicable deadline and
- meet the requirements of the program under which you are applying.
FREEDOM OF MOBILITY
When applying under any Quebec immigration program, the applicant must show the intention to reside in the province of Quebec.
However, as a Canadian Permanent Resident, your freedom to live and work anywhere in Canada is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
If you are interested in immigration to Quebec, please do not do our assessment. Instead, contact us directly via our contact form. We co-counsel with a Quebec lawyer.