On July 4th, 2019, the first round of invitations through the Arrima portal was announced. This draw issued a total of 691 invitations to candidates who had a QSW application terminated following the implementation of Quebec’s controversial Bill 9 and who had filed an Expression of Interest before December 17th, 2019. Additionally, selected candidates had to either:
The second round of Arrima invitations happened thirteen days later. The 259 applicants selected in the July 17th draw had to meet the following requirements:
One year ago, the Quebec government introduced Arrima as its new immigration application system for managing QSW applications. Swiftly following the announcement of Arrima, a provincial election in Quebec had the province promising to reduce immigration levels by 20%, and no draws were conducted using the portal.
The Arrima portal was suspended in January, while the new provincial government confronted a backlog of 18,000 unprocessed immigration files. With the passing of Bill 9 in June, and the termination of backlogged QSW applications, applicants who were affected are now able to resubmit to the Arrima portal.
Candidates interested in immigrating to Quebec through the QSW are able to submit an Expression of Interest using the Arrima portal. Those who receive an invitation can then apply for a Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ), qualifying them to then submit an application to obtain their Canadian permanent residence.
While immigration through the Quebec Skilled Worker program has seen uncertainty in recent months, so far a total of 950 invitations have been issued this summer. According to the MIDI website, Arrima draws will be carried out on a regular basis.We hope to continue to see the province of Quebec welcome skilled workers through the Arrima portal in coming weeks.
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