New Immigration Application Intake Rules for 2018
 
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New Immigration Application Intake Rules for 2018

August 6, 2018 – New rules came into effect regarding the intake and processing of applications for permanent selection. These rules pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates and sponsorship applications submitted under the collective sponsorship stream of the Selection of Refugees Abroad Program.

Note that the rules do not change Québec’s immigration objectives. Hence, for 2018, Québec expects to admit between 49,000 and 53,000 immigrants, as anticipated in Québec’s Immigration Plan for the year 2018.

Skilled workers

Persons who want to immigrate to Québec under the Skilled Worker Program can soon submit a declaration of interest through the Arrima system (declaration of interest system). Intake of immigration applications for this program will now be carried out through this system. From now on, only candidates invited by the Minister can submit an application for permanent selection.

Candidates who want to submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) can do so at any time by following the instructions that apply to the program without submitting a declaration of interest.

Once received, the following applications for permanent selection will receive priority processing:

  • applications submitted under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program);
  • certain applications submitted following an invitation from the Minister, which are applications from persons who have a validated job offer.


Investors


The maximum number of applications for permanent selection that will be received under the Investors Program is 1,900 for the period from September 10, 2018 to March 5, 2019. Applications received after the maximum number of applications has been attained will be returned to the applicants. A maximum of 1,235 applications from foreign nationals from the People’s Republic of China, including the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, will be accepted.

Investor candidates who demonstrate, by submitting results of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have advanced intermediate proficiency in French are not subject to the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time. These applications will be given priority processing.

Entrepreneurs

The maximum number of applications for permanent selection that can be received under the Entrepreneur Program is 60 for the period from August 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019, including a maximum number of 25 applications for stream 1 of the program and 35 applications for stream 2. Applications received after the maximum number of applications has been attained will be returned to the applicants.

Entrepreneur candidates who demonstrate, by submitting results of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have advanced intermediate proficiency in French are not subject to the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time.

Self-employed workers

The maximum number of applications that can be received under the Self-Employed Workers Program is 50 for the period from August 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Applications received after the maximum number of applications has been attained will be returned to the applicants.

Self-employed candidates who demonstrate, by submitting results of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have advanced intermediate proficiency in French are not subject to the maximum number of applications and can submit their applications at any time.

Collective sponsorships

The maximum number of sponsorship applications that can be received under the collective sponsorship stream of the Selection of Refugees Abroad Program is 750 for the period from September 17, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Applications received after the maximum number of applications has been attained will be returned to the applicants.

A maximum number of sponsorship applications that can be received is also set for each guarantor category.

These new rules are in effect from August 2, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

For further details on the new immigration application intake rules, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.

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