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Quebec announces first round of Arrima invitations

The Quebec Immigration Minister has announced that the first round of invitations to apply to the Quebec Skilled Worker program issued through the new Arrima portal will happen soon.

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Arrima is the new online portal launched to manage applications to the popular Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program, launched last year. However, although the portal was launched in 2018, it has been suspended since January 2019 and no candidates have received an invitation to apply through the system yet.

The Ministère de l’immigration, de la diversité et de l’inclusion (MIDI) recently announced that the first round of invitations will happen shortly, and that the government will give priority to candidates in Arrima who meet at least one of these conditions:

  1. Those who applied for selection before August 2, 2018 and who were temporarily staying in Quebec at the time of the application;
  2. Those who applied for selection before August 2, 2018 and who are now residing in Quebec;
  3. Those who have a job offer validated by a Quebec employer.

The first two conditions may include 3,700 candidates who were affected by the recently passed Bill 9, which resulted in a backlog of 18,000 active QSW applications being discarded.

Upon receiving an invitation through Arrima, candidates will have to submit an application to Quebec for a certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). If they receive a CSQ, they must then apply to the federal government for permanent residence.

Arrima employer portal

MIDI has also provided more details about how Arrima will be used to help match immigration applicants with employers in Quebec. Arrima will provide an employer portal that will allow Quebec businesses to find and communicate directly with candidates in the Arrima pool, and make it easier for employers to provide candidates with validated offers.

Candidates who receive validated job offers from Quebec employers will be prioritized for the program.

The employer portal is expected to be launched in February 2020.

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