Understanding the selection process
   
 
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Understanding the selection process

Be sure to read the immigration rules and procedures. Before submitting your application, it is important for you to be aware of the information about permanent selection application intake periods.

Effective January 1, 2020, a new selection condition regarding the learning of democratic values and the Québec values expressed by the Charter of human rights and freedoms applies to all economic immigration programs. For more details, see the page about the attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values.

Preparing your application

Prepare your application carefully to expedite processing. Assessing it will be easier if your application package is complete and admissible.

To be complete and admissible, your application must meet the requirements described on the appendix of the application for permanent selection form for the program you have chosen. Your application must include the duly completed application form for permanent selection, the duly completed schedule (entrepreneurs only), all signed declarations, the narrative document for you and, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse, the payment of the required fees and legible supporting documents in the required format.

Assessment of applications submitted under the Investor Program, Entrepreneur Program or Self-Employed Worker Program

The Ministère checks to ensure you have included all required documents with your application and sends you an acknowledgement of receipt if your file is deemed complete and admissible. Any incomplete file will be returned to the candidates, along with the fees payable.

When your file is opened, you will receive a letter with an annex providing information on the attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values. Subsequently, after the processing of your application has begun, you will be sent an e-mail inviting you to provide your attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values.

Assessment of your file and, where applicable, interview

During the review of your application for permanent selection, the immigration counsellor checks the information and documents you have provided. Depending on the program chosen, particular attention is paid to specific points:

Investor candidate
Your intention to settle in Québec, your management experience, your investment agreement and your net assets and proof of their source and lawful acquisition

Entrepreneur candidate
Your level of education, your language skills, your stays in Québec, the presence of family members in Québec, your financial self-sufficiency, your net assets and proof of their source and lawful acquisition, proof of deposits, your business plan and, if applicable, your offer of services (Component 1).

Self-employed worker candidate
Your level of education, your language skills, your stays in Québec, the presence of family members in Québec, your financial self-sufficiency, your net assets and proof of their source and lawful acquisition, as well as your professional experience as a self-employed worker in the field in which you wish to create your job in Québec.

If necessary, the counsellor may ask you for additional documents or you may be called for a selection interview to complete the application assessment process. The invitation to the interview will specify the date, place and time of the interview and the documents you need to bring. You may bring an interpreter and/or be accompanied by a lawyer who is a member of Barreau du Québec. 

 

  USEFUL INFORMATION  
Since 2017, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has been centralizing selection interviews in Montréal. Consequently, selection missions abroad for business immigrant programs are now rare.  
     

 

Possible outcomes of the review of the application or the interview

The counsellor may decide to:

Accept your application: For self-employed worker and entrepreneur candidates, if the result of your application assessment is positive, you will receive your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) by mail. For investor candidates, you will first receive a notice of intent for permanent selection that will allow you to make your C$1.2 million investment within 110 days. Following receipt of confirmation of your investment by Investissement Québec – Immigrants Investisseurs Inc., Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration will issue your Certificat de sélection du Québec by mail.

Refuse your application: If the assessment of your application indicates that it does not meet the selection criteria and conditions, you will receive a letter by mail stating the reasons why your application was refused. The letter will also inform you of your right to submit, under certain conditions, a request for an administrative review.

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