Understanding the selection process
Before submitting your application, it is important to read the immigration rules and procedures and the information regarding the application intake periods for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.
Preparing your application
Prepare your application carefully to ensure faster processing. Assessing your file will be facilitated if it is complete and admissible, and includes: the Application for a Selection Certificate (Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Worker) or the Application for a Selection Certificate—Investor, the narrative document for you and your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse where applicable, the appendices duly filled out, the declarations, the payment of required fees, certified supporting documents, conforming and readable documents.
Review of applications submitted under the Investor Program
Files submitted by applicants in the Investor subclass must comply with the requirements described in the form Documents to submit in support of the Application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec – Investors (Dynamic PDF, 841 Kb). Incomplete applications will be returned to the investor applicant, along with the fees charged.
Assessment of your file and, where applicable, interview
Entrepreneur candidates who successfully pass the preliminary assessment of their application will be invited to an interview.
The selection interview completes the assessment process. Notice of an interview will indicate the date, time and place and the documents to bring with you. You may use the services of an interpreter for the interview.
Self-employed worker candidates who successfully pass the preliminary assessment of their application and investor candidates may also be invited to a selection interview following a review of their application.
During review of the application, either on the basis of the file or the interview, the immigration counsellor checks the information provided in your application for a selection certificate. Particular attention will be given, according to your immigration class, to:
Self-employed worker candidate
The selection interview will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Possible outcomes of the review of the application or the interview
The counsellor may decide to:
Accept your application: If the assessment is positive, the counsellor will inform you of the next steps to take in your immigration process. He or she will inform you that your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) will be sent to you by mail.
Refuse your application after the interview: If the assessment determines that your candidacy does not meet the selection criteria, the counsellor will issue a letter of explanation. He or she will inform you of your right to submit, under certain conditions, an application for administrative review.
Issue a letter of intent to refuse the application: The counsellor may issue an explanatory letter of intent to refuse your application that will allow you to submit new supporting documents for your application. You will then have 90 days to provide the proofs requested. Failure to provide, by the set date, the documents requested, will result in your application being refused without further notice. You will then have the right to submit, under certain conditions, an application for administrative review.