Professional And Skilled Worker Canada Immigration Program

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Quebec province administers its own Canada immigration programs with a selection criteria that is different and more predictable than those of other provinces. Basically, foreign nationals wishing to settle permanently in Quebec are required to undergo a two-step immigration process. 1 - They must be selected by the Ministered de I'lmmigration, de la Diversite et de l'lclusion (MIDI), Quebec's immigration authority. Selected candidates will receive a Quebec Certificat de Selection (CSQ). 2 - A approved CSQ holder must file an application with Canadian federal immigration authorities. The federal government's role in evaluating a Quebec application for permanent residence is mainly limited to issues of health and criminality.


Federal Skilled Worker Program

Applications under the Skilled Worker Class are evaluated according to a number of factors, including education, work experience, whether the candidate has the capacity to settle in Canada and more. The selection rules also favour applicants with government approved job offers in Canada.


Canada recognizes the importance of Foreign Skilled Workers for the continued growth of its already vast and rich economy. Eligible skilled workers can become part of the booming workforce and be offered the opportunity to settle as permanent residents in Canada.

Candidates who qualify and are successful in their application for the Skilled Worker Program are granted a Permanent Resident Visa. The Permanent Resident Visa allows the successful candidate to immigrate to Canada with their family.

It is important to understand that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now manages Skilled Worker Immigration under the Express Entry program. Under Express Entry, the highest scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) through one of the following Canada immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program was designed for skilled workers who are seeking to live and work anywhere in Canada. However, Quebec has its own, unique, immigration system.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is a points-based immigration program that offers Permanent Resident (PR) visas to thousands of qualified and skilled foreign workers. The successful skilled workers are allowed to migrate to Canada together with their eligible family members who meet certain criteria.

Points Are Allocated for Factors Such As:

English and French language skills
Work experience
Qualifying Canadian job offer

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

The Quebec Skilled Worker immigration program is unique in that it caters for candidates who have an interest to live, settle and work in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Situated in the East Central Zone of Canada, Quebec is Canada’s largest province and it is the only province to predominantly use French as its official language. For this reason, the Quebec Skilled Worker program is one of the most popular Canadian immigration programs.

Successful candidates from all over the world use the Quebec Skilled Worker Program to live and work in Quebec, contributing to its economic growth and the development of its vast labour market.

Eligible Candidates for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program Are Assessed Based on Factors Such As:

Language skills
Work experience
Ability to settle

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Each of Canada’s provinces and territories have designed their own skilled worker programs for those who want to live and settle in a particular Canadian province. Through the PNPs, successful candidates are granted a provincial nomination certificate which in turn fast-tracks their immigration process to Canada. More often than not, the nomination certificate will help hasten the immigration process.

People who are interested to immigrate to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program are required to have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province or territory that nominates them. They should be ready to successfully establish themselves as permanent residents in Canada.

To apply under the Provincial Nominee Program, applicants must be nominated by a Canadian province or territory.

Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. If you choose to immigrate to Canada as a provincial nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle and complete its provincial nomination process. The province will consider your application based on its immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.

The Following Is a List of the Provinces and Territories Currently Participating in This Program:

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Northwest Territories

Note: As of January 1, 2015, the Canadian government launched the new Express Entry immigration system for eligible skilled foreign workers who apply for a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and other economic immigration programs.

The key aim of the Express Entry immigration system is to help speed up the process of approving qualified skilled foreign workers for a PR Visa to Canada so that they can help meet the labour needs of Canadian industries. Subsequently, this Canada immigration system enjoys an average processing time of just six months! If you would like to immigrate to Canada quickly, Express Entry is for you.