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Immigration rules and procedures

The rules governing the intake and processing of applications for a certificat de sélection du Québec pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates (permanent workers, investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers).

The rules regarding the maximum number of applications that are received by the Ministère do not in any way reflect a change in Québec’s immigration objectives (in French, 219 Kb). By limiting the number of applications received, the Ministère is able to process a greater number of pending applications and reduce processing times.

Maximum number of applications

Immigration
sub-class
Maximum
number of
applications
Application
intake
period
Businesspeople    
  • Investors*
The maximum number
of applications that
can be received is 1900.**
May 30, 2016 to
February 28, 2017
  • Entrepreneurs*
The maximum number
of applications that
can be received
has been attained
.
April 1, 2016 to
March 31, 2017
  • Self-employed
    workers
The maximum number
of applications that
can be received
has been attained.
April 1, 2016 to
March 31, 2017
Permanent workers***

The maximum number
of applications that
can be received
has been attained.

April 1, 2016 to
March 31, 2017

 

* If you have advanced intermediate knowledge of French demonstrated by a standardized test recognized by the Ministère, your application is not subject to these rules and you can submit your application at any time until March 31, 2017.

** A maximum of 1330 applications from foreign nationals from the People’s Republic of China, including the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, will be accepted.

*** You can submit your application at any time if you are in one or the other of the situations specified in the Permanent workers section.

Permanent workers

The use of the Mon projet Québec secure space is now mandatory for anyone submitting an application for a certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate) under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

Maximum number of applications

The maximum number of 10 000 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec that can be received under the Regular Skilled Worker Program has been attained for the application intake period extending from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Candidates who can submit an application at any time

Even if the maximum number of applications has been attained, you can submit your application at any time through Mon projet Québec if:

or

  • you are a temporary resident and entitled to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection au Québec.

 

Applicants who wish to present an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program) must follow the instructions provided and access the corresponding forms on the page Applying for a certificat de sélection du Québec.


Priority processing

The following applications will receive priority processing:

  • applications submitted under the Programme de l’expérience québéboise (PEQ - Québec experience program);
  • applications that include a valid employment offer;
  • applications from candidates who earned points under the factor Area of training.

 

For more information on selection conditions for skilled workers, visit the page Requirements of the Immigration Program for skilled workers.

 

Investors

The maximum number of applications for a certificat de sélection du Québec that can be received under the Investor Program is 1900. Any application received after the attainment of this maximum will be returned to the applicant.

Investor applicants who demonstrate, by means of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have an advanced intermediate knowledge of French, are not subject to this maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time. These applications will receive priority processing.

Applications must be sent by mail or courier, to the Direction du courrier, de l’encaissement et de l'évaluation comparative, in Montréal. Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person will not be accepted.

 

For more information on selection conditions, visit the page Investor Program.

 

Entrepreneurs

Maximum number of applications

The maximum number of 50 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec that can be received under the Entrepreneur Program has been reached.  Therefore, applications can no longer be submitted under this program at this time. Any application received after the attainment of this maximum will be returned to the applicant.

However, entrepreneur applicants who demonstrate, by means of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have an advanced intermediate knowledge of French, are not subject to this maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time. These applications will receive priority processing.

Applications must be sent by mail or courier, to the Direction du courrier, de l’encaissement et de l'évaluation comparative, in Montréal. Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person will not be accepted.

 

For more information on selection conditions, visit the page Entrepreneur Program or Self-Employed Worker Program.


Self-employed workers

Maximum number of applications

The maximum number of 50 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec that can be received under the Self-Employed Workers Program has been attained. Therefore, applications can no longer be submitted under this program at this time. Any application received after the attainment of this maximum will be returned to the applicant.

 

For more information on selection conditions, visit the page Self-Employed Worker Program.

 


1 This notice is a summary of recent changes and all official documents, particularly ministerial orders published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, take precedence over the information contained in this notice.

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