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Quebec Releases Details About First Draws Using Arrima Portal

The Ministère de l’immigration, de la diversité et de l’inclusion (MIDI) updated its website with details regarding the first two rounds of invitations using its online application portal, Arrima. The portal manages applications for the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) Program, with eligibility criteria of the two draws focusing on addressing the province’s labour market and socio-economic needs.

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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:

  1. Be staying in Quebec on June 16th, 2019 with a study or work permit, or
  2. Were a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied.

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:

  1. Had a validated job offer in Quebec
  2. Were staying in Quebec as a foreign national, including diplomats, consular officers, representatives or officials of a foreign country.

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.

The Future of Quebec Immigration and Arrima

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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