On January 13, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration issued a new round of invitations to candidates under the Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSW).
Invited candidates had a profile in Quebec’s Arrima pool and a score of at least 602 points. In addition, Quebec’s latest Arrima draw targeted candidates with experience in one of 21 select occupations:
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses|
|3233||Licensed practical nurses|
|3413||Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates|
|4031||Secondary school teachers|
|4032||Elementary school and kindergarten teachers|
|4214||Early childhood educators and assistants|
|5131||Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations|
|5223||Graphic arts technicians|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade|
Arrima is Quebec’s equivalent to the federal Express Entry pool, that is, a platform that manages the province’s Expression of Interest profiles.
The system also allows Quebec companies to connect directly with candidates in the Arrima pool to meet their labour needs.
Arrima manages profiles through the following four Quebec programs:
Quebec has a special agreement with the federal government that allows the province more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures.
To submit a profile for consideration under the QSW program, candidates must score at least 52 on the QSW points grid.
According to Quebec’s immigration plan, the province could admit up to 70,000 newcomers in 2022. This is the highest immigration level targeted to date. About 65% of admissions this year will likely be economic programs, such as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Quebec Experience Program (QEP).
In 2021, Quebec issued a total of 3,564 invitations to Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW) through the Arrima portal. In 2020, just 628 invitations were issued for the whole year.
Quebec’s newest draw marks a strong return to Arrima draws for the year as they work toward meeting record immigration targets.
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