Quebec is a French speaking province of Canada which has its own separate immigration program with selection criteria different from the federal immigration programs. Foreign nationals who wish to settle permanently in Quebec need to go through a two step immigration process. In the first step the individual needs to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC) and upon receiving that the individual goes to the next and the second step to apply for the permanent residency with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The selection of individuals who apply for Quebec Selection Certificate is based on the following criteria:
Education: Applicant is awarded between 2-12 points depending on their level of education
Training: 6-16 points can be accumulated under this section. The area of training points are awarded depending on the level of demand of their skill in the province
Offer of employment: Candidate may receive up to 10 points under this criterion
Work experience: Applicant can secure up to 8 points in this area depending on the number of years of work experience in their field of expertise.
Age: Up to 16 points are awarded to an applicant under this criteria
Language skills: This criterion can give a client between 6 22 points. The candidate needs to prove his ability in either English or French or both.
Previous Stay in Quebec and Family in Quebec: Applicant can score up to 8 points if they have lived in Quebec previously or have a family in Quebec who is a Permanent resident or Citizen.
Spouse Language/Training/Age/education: Up to 16 points can be scored if the applicant spouse is in the high demand skill training list and if the spouse can prove their proficiency in English and French. This would also include some points that the applicant can accumulate for spouse age and education
Children: 4 points are awarded to a client having each accompanying child under the age of 12 and 2 points for each child between the ages 13 21
Financial self sufficiency: With 1 point awarded for this criteria, an applicant needs to fulfill this criteria or the application would not be accepted for the CSQ
The caps for the skilled worker permanent residency for the year 2014 reached on 11th August, 2014. The next caps would open on 1st April, 2015 to close again on 31st March, 2016.