Quebec Immigration has announced a new annual quota for Quebec Skilled Worker stream from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. The annual cap has been reduced from 20,000 application to 6,500 which is about 65 % cut in the annual number of application for Certificat de sélection du Québec. However, the cap is not applicable to those foreign nationals who have employment offer or applying under the Quebec Experience Class. There is no change in the intake of investor immigrant program and entrepreneur and self employed categories. Due to popularity of Quebec Skilled Worker program, foreign professionals will have to submit their application for Certificat de sélection du Québec as soon as possible.
The new quota for Quebec Skilled Worker program has started from April 1, 2014 and Quebec will issue Certificat de sélection du Québec to only 6,500 foreign professionals during this year ending on March 31, 2015. The applications received after the maximum number of applications will be returned.
The maximum cap for Quebec Skilled Worker does not apply if:
- you submit an application under the Québec experience program;
- you have a valid employment offer in hand;
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada has informed you that it has agreed to process your application for permanent residence in Canada;
- you are a temporary resident and eligible to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.
Quebec Immigration will receive, between September 8 and 19, 2014, a maximum of 1750 applications for a selection certificate under the Quebec Investor Program. Only 1200 application from a country will accepted. In case Quebec immigration receives less than allotted 1750 application, then foreign nationals will be allowed to submit application between December 1 and 12, 2014.
The cap of 1750 for Quebec Investor Program does not apply to foreign nationals who can demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of French through acceptable language test results.
Quebec Immigration has set a maximum of 500 applications for a selection certificate under the Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Worker programs.
The reduction in the maximum number of application under Quebec Skilled Worker program is a significant change in the Quebec immigration program. The province is putting more emphasis on moving the Skilled Worker program that is driven by the employers and labour market in Quebec. The cap of 6,500 will be filled very quickly so foreign professionals who want to take advantage of Quebec Skilled Worker program to come and live in Canada must act promptly in submitting their applications.