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Selection process

Modifications to immigration rules and procedures entered into effect on April 1, 2014.

For more information, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.

Preparing your application

Carefully prepare your application in order to speed up processing time. If it is complete and admissible, its assessment will be made easier. To the contrary, if the application is incomplete, it will be returned to you by regular mail without being processed. From now on, this rule will be strictly applied.

A complete application includes legible required documentation, duly completed and signed:


Knowledge of French and English

Candidates in the skilled worker subclass (principal applicants and spouses) who wish to obtain points for their French knowledge (principal applicant: maximum of 16 points, including 14 points for oral and 2 points for written; spouse: maximum of 6 points for oral) must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of a French evaluation test issued by one of the two organizations recognized by the Ministère, specifically:


The first two tests (TEFAQ and TCF-Québec) only evaluate oral comprehension and production. Only candidates who wish to have points awarded for oral results (comprehension and production) may present these tests. Tests evaluating written comprehension and written production should be integrated with these two tests in 2014. In the meantime, candidates who wish to obtain points for the four categories of language knowledge (oral comprehension, oral production, written comprehension and written production) must register for the TFC or FEF. If these tests are not available, they can register for the DELF or DALF.

The current list of TEF, TEFAQ, TCF, TCFQ, DELF and DALF accredited centres can be consulted on the the Internet sites of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (Centres d'examen DELF - DALF and Centres de passation du TCF pour le Québec).

To prove your language knowledge, you must provide the results of a standardized test, even if French or English is your mother tongue.

Evaluation of English knowledge

Candidates in the skilled worker subclass (principal applicants only) who wish to obtain points for their English knowledge must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

An up-to-date list of centres certified by the IELTS is available on the International English Language Testing System Internet site.

Receipt of the application

The Ministère checks if you can file an application for a selection certificate in accordance with the rules in effect, and if all the required documents are included in your application.

An acknowledgment of receipt is sent to you to confirm receipt of your application and, where applicable, to indicate that your application will be prioritized for processing. Your file will be returned to you if your application is deemed inadmissible or if your file is incomplete.

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Review of the application

Your application is reviewed in accordance with the regulation in effect.

One of three decisions is made once your application has been reviewed:

  • Selection based on the file: In some cases, an interview is not necessary and the application is processed solely on the basis of the applicant’s file. If you have attained the general passing scores of the selection grid, the interview may not be required. In this case, you will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) in the mail as well as information about Québec. You will be notified of the next steps in your immigration process.
  • Intent to  refuse: You will receive a letter informing you that your application will be refused, unless you provide, within 60 days, documented proof to justify reviewing the decision. If the requested proof is received within the prescribed timeframe, the review of your application will continue. Failing that, your application will be refused without further notice. You then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.
  • Notice to attend an interview: If the preliminary review of your application is positive, you will be invited to a selection interview. This notice specifies the date, time and place of the interview as well as the documents you will have to have on hand to bring with you.

    During this interview, the immigration counsellor verifies the information provided in the Application for a Selection Certificate, particularly the information on schooling, work experience and language knowledge. The counsellor will also ask you questions to assess the feasibility of your immigration plans. This evaluation primarily focuses on your knowledge of Québec, the steps you have taken and your personal suitability with respect to your professional activities.

    Approximate duration of the selection interview: 30 to 60 minutes.

    Following the interview, three results are possible:

    Approval: If the assessment is positive, the counsellor will inform you of the next steps to follow in your immigration process. If possible, the counsellor will immediately issue your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate). Otherwise it will be mailed to you. You will also receive a kit containing important information which you will be asked to read carefully. Depending on your needs, the counsellor may also give you other specific documents.

    Refusal: If the assessment reveals that you do not meet the selection criteria, an explanatory letter is given to you. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.

    Intent to refuse: If supporting documentation is missing, the counsellor will give you an explanatory notice of intent to refuse the application. You will then have 60 days to provide the proof requested. If you do not provide the necessary proof within this timeframe, your application will be refused without further notice. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.


Selection missions for skilled workers are carried out in several countries at different times of the year. Some missions can take place on the same dates in a given territory. Consult the schedule of selection missions.  
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