Selection factors
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Selection factors


Only completed studies leading to a diploma are taken into account in assessing your application for permanent selection.

Education level
You must at least hold a diploma equivalent to a general high school diploma in Québec.

Note that only diplomas obtained prior to the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education level criterion.

Area of training
Your training is assessed based on a List of training areas. The list includes vocational high school programs, technical college programs and university programs leading to a Québec diploma. The points awarded under this factor vary according to job prospects, requirements for practising the occupation in question and where you obtained your diploma (in Québec or abroad).

Work experience

Your work experience must have been acquired:

  • legally in Québec or abroad, in the five years prior to the date of submission of your application for permanent selection;
  • in an occupation with a skill level above "D" as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Level D occupations usually require a brief demonstration of the work to be performed or on-the-job training. They do not have any particular educational requirements (e.g., a job in a fast-food restaurant).

The work experience can be acquired on a part-time or full-time basis in paid employment.

Internships (paid or unpaid) carried out as part of training recognized by a diploma are accepted as work experience.

Knowledge of French and English

Your French and English proficiency will be evaluated when you apply for permanent selection. Good knowledge of French constitutes a definite advantage when evaluating your candidacy.

All skilled worker candidates who wish to obtain points for their French proficiency (claimants and spouses) and English proficiency (claimants only) must enclose with their immigration application the results of French and English evaluation tests recognized by the Ministère. For more information on this subject, please consult the Permanent workers - Proficiency in French or English section.

Family relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Québec

The "Family in Québec" factor is assessed based on the direct kinship (spouse, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister, grandfather or grandmother) that you or your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse have with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Québec.

Characteristics of your spouse or de facto spouse

Your spouse or de facto spouse, if accompanying you, will be assessed based on factors such as level of education, Québec diploma, area of training, length of work experience, age and language knowledge (French).

Financial self-sufficiency

You must complete the Financial self-sufficiency contract and enclose it with your application for permanent selection. With this contract, you undertake to provide for your basic needs and those of persons accompanying you (spouse or de facto spouse and children) for three months following the date on which you obtain permanent resident status. You do not need to demonstrate that you have the necessary money in your bank account.

The minimum amounts that you undertake to possess are shown in the table below.

Basic needs of a family unit for the three-month period covered by the contract
(effective from January 1 to December 31, 2021)

Number of children under age 18 who are accompanying you
One adult
Two adults 


Add $1,531 for each dependent child aged 18 and over.

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