New rules for 2021-2022 immigration application intake
 
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New rules for 2021-2022 immigration application intake

The ministerial orders that establish the rules and maximum number of applications to receive under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective Sponsorship), the Entrepreneur and the Self-employed Worker program as well as the three permanent immigration pilot programs were published on October 27 in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

Collective sponsorship

A new period for submitting undertaking applications for refugees to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) has been set for January 18 to February 16, 2022, for organizations (legal persons) and groups of 2 to 5 natural persons.

The maximum number of applications to receive is 825 for all sponsors. As was the case in spring 2021, if the number of admissible applications submitted exceeds the maximum number of applications to receive, a random draw will be held under the supervision of an external auditor and in the presence of witnesses.

Legal persons can submit an undertaking application again since the MIFI has put in place measures to reinforce the application review process.

Entrepreneurs and self-employed workers

The maximum number of applications to receive for the Entrepreneur and Self-employed Worker programs is the same as last year:

Entrepreneur Program

  • 25 applications for non-Francophone candidates in Stream 1 (Innovation) and the application intake for Stream 2 (Start-up/acquisition of a business) is suspended until December 31, 2022

Self-Employed Worker Program

  • 50 applications for non-Francophone candidates

For these two programs, candidates who declare having knowledge of oral French at level 7 or higher of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes can submit an application without taking into account the maximum number of applications to receive.

Permanent immigration pilot programs

The application intake period is set for November 3, 2021 to December 31, 2022, or until the maximum number of applications to receive has been reached for:

  • the pilot program for food processing workers: 600 applications
  • the pilot program for orderlies: 600 applications
  • the pilot progam for workers in artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies and visual effects (IT-VE):
    • 300 applications in the AI Stream, including a maximum of 150 non-Francophone candidates
    • 300 applications in the IT-VE Stream, including a maximum of 150 non-Francophone candidates

For more information about managing the demand for various immigration programs, consult the Immigration rules and procedures page.

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