Quebec has just announced a new process to help immigrants achieve permanent residency. It’s free to start your application, and the process is completed in three steps.
When the new system was adopted (by passing a proposal known as “Bill 9”), the government voided 16,000 residency applications that were already waiting to be processed. Prospects who may have already waited years for a response were asked to reapply under the new plan—effectively starting the process all over again. The new process was launched amid an ongoing and often controversial overhaul of immigration policies in Quebec.
Three Steps to Apply for Permanent Residency in Quebec
The new three-step process is meant to streamline permanent residency for skilled immigrants. Here’s how to apply for residency in Quebec, as of June 2019:
- Application: Submit an “expression of interest” online (free).
- Invitation: If your application qualifies, you may receive an invitation to formally apply for residency ($60 CAD processing fee).
- Selection: Your application will be ranked using a points-based “selection grid,” which evaluates such criteria as whether you have a job offer, your proficiency in English and French, and if you already live or work in Quebec (six-month processing time).
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How Do You Qualify for Residency in Quebec?
The province’s new plan prioritizes residency for:
- Individuals already living in Quebec
- Skilled immigrants who will live and work outside of major metropolitan areas (such as Montreal and Quebec City, where most of the province’s population is concentrated)
- Applicants who are coming to Quebec with an existing job offer
- Those who have already performed work in Quebec
Other screening criteria used to review applications may be reviewed here.
How to Apply for Permanent Resident Status
Quebec is now accepting applications through an online portal named Arrima. The digitized system is intended to help expedite the process, allowing applicants to receive a response within six months, rather than the current 36.
If you are already living in Quebec, have a job offer in Quebec, or hope to bring your in-demand skills to Quebec’s rural regions, you may be a strong candidate for this new residency program.
To begin the online application process, apply through Arrima.