Under an agreement with the federal government, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will likely settle successfully in Quebec.
If you want to go to Quebec as a skilled worker, there are two steps to follow. You must first apply to the Quebec government for a Certificate of Selection of Quebec (CSQ). A Quebec Selection certificate is document which indicates that you have been selected by the province of Quebec. After obtaining your CSQ, you must submit you application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada where immigration authorities will assess medical and security checks.
There are two Quebec skilled worker programs:
1. PEQ-Quebec Experience Program (accelerated program)
There are two streams under this program:
You may qualify for a CSQ if you have received an eligible Quebec diploma and you have at least intermediate knowledge of French;
You may qualify for a CSQ if you currently hold an eligible job, have held an eligible full-time job for at least 12 of the past 24 months and you have at least intermediate knowledge of French.
2. Regular Selection Program for Skilled Workers
This program is based on a points system. All applicants are assessed against a Quebec Selection Grid which awards points for various selection factors. Applicants must meet a the minimum point requirement to qualify. The Quebec selection grid awards points for the following criteria:
- Language Ability (French and English)
- Spousal Characteristics, if applicable
- Stays in Quebec
- Family relationships in Quebec
- Financial Autonomy