Understand the selection process for applicants
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Understand the selection process for applicants who have submitted an application for a CSQ

Before submitting your application, it is important to read the immigration rules and procedures and the information regarding the application intake periods for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

To be selected as an immigrant worker, you must have acquired an education and professional skills that will facilitate your employment integration. Others factors, including your language knowledge, age, your spouse’s characteristics and whether or not you have children will also be taken into account.

Important! The fact that you have been selected as a skilled worker does not mean that you will occupy a position in the profession or trade that you wish to practise.

Carefully prepare your documents

Carefully prepare your documents to ensure that your application is processed.

They must be:

  • duly completed and signed;
  • submitted on the date set by the Ministère;
  • provided in the required format. To find out about the requirements related to the “certified true copy” format and to translations, consult the Document requirements page. To find out which authorities are authorized to certify a document as true, refer to the List of authorities recognized for certifying documents.

Review of the application

Your application is reviewed in accordance with the regulation in effect.

One of three decisions is made once your application has been reviewed:

  • Selection based on the file: In some cases, an interview is not necessary and the application is processed solely on the basis of the applicant’s file. If you have attained the general passing scores of the selection grid, the interview may not be required. In this case, you will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) in the mail as well as information about Québec. You will be notified of the next steps in your immigration process.
  • Intent to refuse: You will receive a letter informing you that your application will be refused, unless you provide, within 90 days, documented proof to justify reviewing the decision. If the requested proof is received within the prescribed timeframe, the review of your application will continue. Failing that, your application will be refused. You then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.
  • Notice to attend an interview: If an interview is required, you will receive a notice specifying the date, time and place of the interview as well as the documents to bring with you.

    During this interview, the immigration counsellor will verify the information provided in your application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec, particularly the information on education, work experience and language knowledge.


Following the interview, three results are possible:

  • Approval: If the assessment is positive, the counsellor will inform you of the next steps to follow in your immigration process. If possible, the counsellor will immediately issue your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate). Otherwise it will be mailed to you. You will also receive a kit containing important information which you will be asked to read carefully. Depending on your needs, the counsellor may also give you other documents.
  • Refusal: If the assessment reveals that you do not meet the selection criteria, an explanatory letter is given to you. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.
  • Intent to refuse: If supporting documentation is missing, the counsellor will give you an explanatory notice of intent to refuse the application. You will then have 90 days to provide the proof requested. If you do not provide the necessary proof within this timeframe, your application will be refused. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.
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Last modification : 2018-02-28
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