Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec. If you want to come to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, you must first apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec).
Canada encourages applications for permanent residence from people with abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. Under an agreement with the federal government, the province of Quebec chooses its own immigrants. This allows the province:
- to establish its own standards and processes by which it chooses immigrants; and
- to select candidates who would be most likely to settle effectively into the economic and
- social life of the province.
Quebec chooses its own immigrants; however, Citizenship and Immigration Canada retains the authority to make the final decision on an application using existing admissibility criteria, including security, criminal, and medical components for candidates who hold CSQs.
Determine your eligibility: Quebec-selected skilled workers
You must apply in two stages.
First: You must apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec). This shows that Quebec has accepted you as an immigrant. Quebec will assess you using its own rules.
Visit the Quebec immigration website to find out how to apply.
Second: If Quebec chooses you, you must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence.
As part of the process, you will need to have a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). All immigrants must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.
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