Settle in Quebec through the Regular Skilled Worker Program

You can apply for Canada PR through the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program if you aim to work and settle in the province. The RSWP pathway offers permanent selection exclusively to foreign skilled workers whose profiles favorably correspond to Québec’s workforce requirements.

Québec Regular Skilled Worker Program: Overview

About the Program

Quebec-Regular-Skilled-Worker-Program-Process

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program requires the applicants to submit an Expression of Interest. The RSWP uses two scoring calculators. One of the calculators determines the eligibility to apply for permanent selection. The second scoring grid in Arrima scores the Expression of Interest (EOI). Based on this score, they are invited to submit an application. The overall process for the Regular Skilled Worker Program involves the following steps:

  • Initiate an Expression of Interest in Arrima
  • Score at least 50 points out of 95 (59 out of 103/120 points if accompanied by a spouse) in the selection grid
  • Qualify and submit the EOI
  • Get a score in the Arrima points calculator
  • Get an invitation to apply for permanent selection by the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI)
  • Apply for CSQ within 60 days
  • Get a CSQ upon application approval
  • Apply for Canada PR through Quebec Selected Skilled Worker (QSWP) within 2 years

Expression of Interest (EOI) for Regular Skilled Worker Program

Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Quebec Regular Skilled Worker does not require any documents or submission fees. However, to be eligible to submit an EOI, the applicant must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Intent to permanently settle in Quebec
  • Aim to work in Quebec for which they are qualified.
  • Score at least 50 in the EOI selection grid. (59 if accompanied by a spouse)

The validity of an Expression of Interest is 12 months or one year from the date of submission.

How to submit an Expression of Interest to Quebec?

EOI submission for the Regular Skilled Worker pathway involves the following pathways:

  • Create an account on Arrima
  • Initiate an Expression of Interest (EOI)
Initiate-an-Expression-of-Interest-EOI
  • Provide data about your personal information, contact details, marital status and children, education, professional career, job offer, and French and English language proficiency.
Provide-information-in-Expression-of-Interest-EOI
  • Complete and submit the Expression of Interest within 90 days of initiation.

Eligibility Grid for Quebec Immigration

As you submit information while creating your Expression of Interest (EOI), it will be assessed for eligibility based on various factors. The eligibility criteria for the Regular Skilled Worker program are tabulated below. 

In order to be eligible for the Regular Skilled Worker Program, you must score at least 50 out of 95 points in this selection grid. Out of the minimum 50 points, you must score 43 points under employability factors. 

If your spouse and children are accompanying you, you must score at least 59 out of 120 or 103 points to qualify for selection. Out of these 59 points, you must score 52 under employability factors. 

Selection FactorsMaximum points
Education26
Professional Work Experience08
Age 16
Language Proficiency22
Quebec Connection08
Valid Job offer in Quebec14
Points for accompanying spouse/common-law partner17
Points for accompanying children08
Financial Autonomy Capacity01
Total Maximum Points95 (without spouse or children)
103 (with children but without a spouse)
120 (with children and spouse)

Selection Grid for Education – 14 Points

To get any eligible points for education, you must have completed general or vocational high school in Quebec or its equivalent. Completing general secondary education is mandatory to be eligible for the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

Academic LevelPoints (maximum 14)
General Secondary2
Professional Secondary6
General post-secondary of 2 years4
Technical post-secondary of 1-2 years6
Technical post-secondary of 3 years8
University undergraduate for 1 year4
University undergraduate for 2 years6
University undergraduate for 3 years10
University graduate for 1 year or more12
University post-graduate14

Area of Training – 12 Points

Applicants are scored based on the area or field of education and training. Academic or training domains that are in demand for Quebec’s labor market and job prospects get higher points.

Area of Training Points (maximum 12)
Section A12
Section B09
Section C06
Section D02
Section E00

Selection grid for Professional Work Experience – 08 Points

To get points for work experience, your work must be:

  • Paid 
  • Full-time or Half-time
  • Internships
  • Must be within the last 5 years
  • Must be in TEER level 0,1, 2, 3 or 4
Work ExperiencePoints
6 months or less00
06-11 months04
12-23 months04
24-35 months06
36-47 months06
48 months or more08

Selection Points for Age – 16 Points

Applicants who are between 18 to 42 years old get points for age. Maximum points are awarded to individuals who are 18-35 years old.

Age in yearsPoints
18 to 35 years16
36 years14
37 years12
38 years10
39 years08
40 years06
41 years04
42 years02
43 years00

Selection Grid for Language Proficiency – 22 points

Selection Grid for Language Proficiency – 22 points

Language proficiency is the highest scoring factor that can get you as much as 22 points. You must score at least 7 or advanced intermediate in the accepted French language tests. Quebec accepts the following tests for French:

  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF-Québec), France Éducation international
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada, France Éducation international
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF), France Éducation international
  • Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF), France Éducation international
  • Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF), France Éducation international
  • Test d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ), Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP-IDF)
  • Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada), CCIP-IDF
  • Test d’évaluation du français (TEF),CCIP-IDF

French Language Proficiency (maximum points – 16) 

Language Proficiency Points
Reading
A1 Low Beginner00
A2 High Beginner00
B1 Low Intermediate00
B2 High Intermediate01
C1 Advanced01
C2 Advanced01
Writing
A1 Low Beginner00
A2 High Beginner00
B1 Low Intermediate00
B2 High Intermediate01
C1 Advanced01
C2 Advanced01
Listening 
A1 Low Beginner00
A2 High Beginner00
B1 Low Intermediate00
B2 High Intermediate05
C1 Advanced06
C2 Advanced07
Speaking
A1 00
A200
B100
B205
C106
C207
Maximum points16

English proficiency (maximum points- 06)

You can get additional points for English language proficiency. Score more than CLB 5 to get eligibility points. Quebec accepts only IELTS for English language proficiency.

Language ProficiencyPoints
Reading
CLB 1 – CLB 4 – Beginner00
CLB 5 – CLB 8- Intermediate01
CLB 9 – CLB 12- Advance01
Writing
CLB 1 – CLB 4 – Beginner00
CLB 5 – CLB 8- Intermediate01
CLB 9 – CLB 12- Advance01
Listening
CLB 1 – CLB 4 – Beginner00
CLB 5 – CLB 8- Intermediate01
CLB 9 – CLB 12- Advance02
Speaking
CLB 1 – CLB 4 – Beginner00
CLB 5 – CLB 8- Intermediate01
CLB 9 – CLB 12- Advance02
Note: Language test results must not be older than 2 years.

Quebec Connection – 08 Points

ConnectionPoints
Family Connections in Quebec
Spouse 03
Sibling03
Parent03
Child03
Grandparent03
Uncles and Aunts00
Nephews or nieces00
Cousins00
Prior stays or visits in Quebec
Worked in Quebec for 3 months05
Worked in the province for 6 months05
Studied in Quebec for 3-6 months05
Stayed in the province (not for work or study) for more than 2 weeks01 
Stayed in Quebec for more than 2 months02
Visited Quebec for less than 2 weeks00

A Valid Job Offer in Quebec – 14 Points

You can get eligibility points in the Quebec selection grid if an employer in Quebec gives you a validated job offer. To get the job offer validated by the government of Quebec, the employer must: 

  • Be doing business in Quebec for at least one year
  • Be able to establish that they cannot fill the vacancy with the local workforce
  • The job offer must be full-time and continuous.
  • The job should have a positive or neutral impact on Quebec’s labor market
  • The foreign worker must be qualified for licensure in case of a regulated profession.

The score will depend on the regional location of the job.

Job offer locationPoints
Job offer in the Montreal Metropolitan Regions08
Job offer in regions outside of Montreal
• Capitale-Nationale
• Chaudière-Appalaches
• Montérégie
14
• Abitibi-Témaniscamingue
• Centre-du Québec• Estrie
• Lanaudière
• Outaoais
13
• Bas-Saint-Laurent
• Côte-Nord
• Laurentides
• Mauricie
• Nord-du-Québec
• Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
12
• Gaspésie10

Accompanying Spouse – 17 Points

Scoring Factors for Accompanying SpousePoints
Academic Proficiency (04 points)
General Secondary01
Professional Secondary02
General Post-secondary for 2 years01
Technical post-secondary for 1 or 2 years02
Technical post-secondary for 3 years03
University undergraduate for 1 year (full-time)01
University undergraduate for 2 years (full-time)02
University undergraduate for 3 years or more (full-time)03
University graduate for 1 or more years04
University post-graduate (Ph.D. or Masters)04
Training Area (04 points)
Section A04
Section B03
Section C02
Section D01
Section E00
Age (03 points)
18-35 years03
36-39 years02
40-42 years01
43 years or more00
French language proficiency (06 points)
C2-C1 in Listening03
C1-C2 in Speaking03
B2 in Listening02
B2 in Speaking02
A1-B1 in Listening 00
A1-B1 in Speaking00

Accompanying Children – 08 Points

Children’s AgePoints per Child
12 years or younger04
13-21 years02

The selection grid is not used to rank Expression of Interests. Instead, they are the eligibility criteria. You must have a minimum score of 50 points (59 points if accompanied by a spouse) to be eligible to get a ranking score for the Regular Skilled Worker Pathway.

Financial Self-Sufficiency – 01 Point

This is a mandatory eligibility factor. While submitting the application for permanent selection through the Regular Skilled Worker Program, you will be required to sign a Financial Self-Sufficiency contract. According to the contract, you agree to financially support yourself and your accompanying family for at least three months after arrival in Quebec. According to the contract, the mandatory financial requirement is tabulated below.

Number of Children under 18 yearsOne AdultTwo Adults
0$3770$5529
1$5066$6193
2$5719$6684
3$6371$7176

An additional $1758 will be required for every dependent child who is 18 years or older.

EOI Score and Rank: Arrima Points Calculator

After you have submitted the Expression of Interest (EOI) to Arrima, it will be included in an EOI bank. It is from this bank that Quebec invites applicants to apply for permanent selection. The Expression of Interests are scored and ranked by the Arrima points calculator. The calculator has two sections- Human Capital Factors which scores out of 580 points, and Quebec workforce requirements which scores out 720 points. Quebec issues invitation to apply based on the scores of the Expression of Interest of an applicant. The scoring grid is given below. 

Score for Human Capital Factors – Maximum points – 580
Points without spousePoints with accompanying Spouse
Age130110
Work Experience100100
French Language Proficiency18080
French and English Proficiency8080
Education9070
Maximum Points580440
Points for Quebec workforce requirements – Maximum points 720 
Professional Work Experience in an occupation with a balanced workforcePoints (100 maximum)
Less than 12 months00
12 months or more30
Work Experience in an occupation with the workforce in a slight deficit
12 months00
12-23 months60
24-35 months70
36 months and more90
Work Experience in an occupation with a high shortage of workforce
Less than 12 months00
12-23 months70
24-35 months90
36 months and more100
Training AreasPoints (maximum 60 points)
E0
D12
C30
B48
A60
Quebec Education Points (maximum 50 points)
General Secondary school diploma10
Full-time vocational secondary school diploma of one or more years30
Full-time general post-secondary diploma of 2 years 20
Full-time technical post-secondary diploma of 1-2 years35
Full-time technical post-secondary diploma of 3 years45
University undergraduate (1 year, full-time)25
Full-time university undergraduate (2 years)40
Full-time university undergraduate (3 years or more)46
University graduate (full-time, 1 year or more)48
University post-graduate50
Work Experience in Quebec – maximum points 100
Work ExperiencePoints
6 months or less0
6-11 months20
12-23 months60
24-35 months70
36-47 months80
48 months or more100
Canadian Work Experience outside Quebec – maximum 30 points
6 months or less00
06-11 months08
12-23 months15
24-35 months20
36-47 months25
48 months or more30
A Valid Job Offer in Quebec
Job LocationPoints
Outside the territory of the Metropolitan Community of Montreal380
Within the Metropolitan Community of Montreal180
Points to the accompanying spouse
Spouse’s education10
Quebec Diploma10

Draws for Quebec Regulated Skilled Workers

Quebec announces regular draws to issue invitations to apply for permanent selection. The applicant must score at least NCLC 7 or higher on the French language proficiency test to get an invitation in the draw.

Arrima Draws in 2024

Draw DateNumber of Invitations to Apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-offAdditional Criteria 
25.04.20241,415598Job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal.
11.04.20241,036596

606
Job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal. 

Selected NOC codes: 2154, 2242, 7233, 7234, 7236, 7237, 7241, 7271, 7281, 7282, 7291, 7294, 7295, 7311, 7312, 7313, 7318, 7371, 7372, 7521, 7611

Selected NOC codes: 0213, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2141, 2147, 2171, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2241, 2281, 2282, 2283, 3012, 3233, 3413, 4031, 4032, 4214, 5225, 5241
21.03.20241,357596
07.03.20241,136603
22.02.20241,007608
08.02.20241,034613
24.01.20241,007615 Job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal. 

Selected NOC codes: 20012, 21310, 21301, 21310, 21321, 21330, 21311, 21211, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21233, 21211, 21223, 21231, 21211, 21230, 21232, 21234, 21233, 21234, 22300, 22301, 22232, 22302, 22310, 22220, 22221, 22222, 31301, 33102, 41220, 41221, 42202, 52111, 52113, and 52120

Arrima Draws in 2023

Date of DrawNumber of Invitations to Apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-off
07.12.20231187604
16.11.20231210609
26.10.20231220608 (for tech occupations465 (for skilled trades occupations)
21.09.20231018579
07.09.20231433586
24.08.20231000584
10.08.20231384591
20.07.20231633596
29.06.20231218584 (tech occupations with oral French proficiency of 7 or higher)

592 (Engineering, Health, and Education occupations with oral French proficiency of 7 or higher)
22.06.20231006626
04.05.2023802575
20.04.20231020598
30.03.2023619578
16.03.2023619578
02.03.20231017589
16.02.20231011583
09.02.20231011691

Arrima Draws in 2021

Date of DrawNumber of Invitations to Apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-off/ Selection Criteriation
15.12.20221047571
08.12.2022517591
01.12.2022513589
24.11.2022998603
29.09.20221195597
15.09.20221009563
08.09.20221202620
11.08.202258Valid job offer outside Metropolitan Community of Montreal
07.07.2022348624
05.05.202230Valid job offer outside Metropolitan Community of Montreal
07.04.202233Valid job offer outside Metropolitan Community of Montreal
10.03.2022506577
24.02.2022306630
10.02.2022523592
27.01.2022321647
13.01.2022512602

Arrima Draws in 2021

Date of DrawNumber of Invitations to Apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-off/ Selection Criteria
09.12.2021326633
11.11.202132A valid job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal
21.10.202122A valid job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal
30.09.2021535562
02.09.2021517499
26.08.2021585517
19.08.2021502548
12.08.2021509591
17.06.202169A valid job offer
27.05.202189A valid job offer
29.04.202182A valid job offer
30.03.2021204A valid job offer
26.01.202192A valid job offer

Arrima Draws in 2020

Date of DrawNumber of Invitations to Apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-off/ Selection Criteria
16.12.2020231A valid job offer
24.09.2020357A valid job offer
18.06.202007
16.01.202023

Arrima Draws in 2019

Date of DrawNumber of Invitations to apply for Permanent SelectionArrima Score cut-off/ Selection Criteria
17.12.2019220
12.12.201985A valid job offer
29.10.201971A valid job offer
23.10.201989
25.09.2019169
04.09.201931A valid job offer
19.08.2019444
17.07.2019251A valid job offer
04.07.2019691

Document Checklist for Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP)

If you get an invitation to apply for permanent selection in the draws, you will be required to send a complete application with the following documents.

  • Financial Self-sufficiency contract
  • International Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • One Passport-sized photograph
  • University, vocational or technical diplomas
  • Transcripts corresponding to the diplomas
  • Work Experience certificates including:
    • Start and end date of the job
    • Number of working hours
    • Designation
    • Job description
    • Contact information of the employer
  • License to practice issued by a Quebec regulatory body (if applicable)
  • Professional practice permit (if applicable)
  • French language proficiency test results (valid till 2 years) 
  • English language proficiency (valid till 2 years)
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Study permit (if applicable)

All the paperwork must either be in French or English. Documents or their sections in any other language must be translated and signed by a professional translator. The translated paperwork must include the translator’s seal. Unless stated otherwise, submit colored photocopies of your paperwork. 

Applying for Permanent Selection

If you get an invitation to apply for permanent selection in the draws, submit the application with the processing fee within 60 days. The process of applying to the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker program involves the following steps.

  • All the information in the Expression of Interest is included in the application
  • Send mandatory documents
  • Obtain an attestation of learning about Quebec values and democratic values (if not already acquired)
  • Send both the documents and the attestation to the following address

Direction du regroupement familial et de l’enregistrement
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
205-1200, boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal (Québec) H2X 0C9
CANADA

  • Pay the non-refundable application fee within 30 days of sending the application. The application fee for the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker pathway is $895.

Getting the Quebec Selection Certificate or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)

If your permanent selection application is approved, you will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate. Getting a CSQ means that the government of Quebec has accepted you as an immigrant. The CSQ is valid for 24 months. Therefore, you must apply for Canada PR through the Quebec Selected Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) within 2 years. 

Applying for Canada PR through the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP)

  • Create an account and sign in to the PR application portal
  • Initiate a PR application through the Regular Skilled Worker Program
  • Fill out the required forms and upload the mandatory documents such as:
    • Certificat de sélection du Québec
    • Passport or Travel Documents
    • Declaration of Intent to Reside in Quebec
    • Birth Certificates and Identity documents
    • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • Children’s information (if applicable)
    • Police Clearance Certificates or PCC
    • Two Photographs
    • Fee receipts
  • Ensure that your application is complete.
  • Submit the PR application
  • Get the Confirmation of Permanent Residence or COPR upon application approval.

Processing time for Regular Skilled Worker Program 

ApplicationProcessing Time
Permanent Selection Application for Regular Skilled Worker Program6 months
Canada PR application 9 months

Processing fee for Regular Skilled Worker Program and Canada PR through RSWP

ApplicationsFee in Canadian Dollar
Permanent Selection ApplicationPrincipal Applicant – $895
Accompanying Spouse or legal partner – $192
Accompanying dependent child – $192
Canada PR application $1365 (till 30th April 2024)