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Quebec Skilled Worker Program


 If you want to obtain a Canadian permanent residence, you can consider applying through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. You have to create your profile in the Arrima, which is a new selection system under the Quebec Immigration.

 Since August 2018, the Quebec government have been processing all applications through this system.  So you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Arrima system.

 In the EOI you have to provide information about your education, the area of training, proficiency in French and other languages and work experience, including other details.

 The Quebec Skilled Worker program is available for candidates who intend to settle in Quebec. You don’t need to have a job offer or any specific skill level. However, you need to meet education, age, and language proficiency requirements.


Quebec Skilled Worker Program Requirements


 Candidates don’t need to have a job offer or any specific skill level for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. However, you need to meet education, age, and language proficiency requirements.

 Quebec selects candidates for the Skilled Worker Program based on the selection grid which awards points for different factors. So you will qualify for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program if you receive a sufficient number of points. An applicant must score at least 50 points under the system; your spouse or a common-law partner needs to score at least 59 points.

 Here are the following requirements for the QSWP:

  • Level of education and field of training (maximum 26 points): Master’s and doctorate degree holders get higher points in terms of education.
  •  Work experience (8 points): Points are awarded based on the length of work experience.
  • Knowledge of English and or/French (22 points): A priority is given to French-speaking applicants.
  • Visits to Quebec and family relationships with a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (8 points): You might get additional points for working or living previously in Quebec, including having family members in the province.
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner (maximum 17 points): Depending on your spouse education, the field of training, age, and language proficiency, you might get some extra points.
  • Employment offer (10 points): While job offer is not a mandatory requirement, having one will give you extra points.
  • Accompanying children (8 points): Children under 12 years of old get maximum points, while older children (from 13 to 21) normally receive fewer points.
  • Proof of financial feasibility (maximum 1 point): You have to present proof of having sufficient funds to settle in Quebec.


Quebec Skilled Worker Program Job List


 Quebec has a list of in-demand occupations for foreign nationals applying for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. You need to check whether your occupation is in the following list with the respective NOC code:  

  • Human Resource Managers (NOC – 0112)
  • Banking, Credit and other Investment managers (NOC – 0122)
  • Engineering Managers (NOC – 0211)
  • Computer and Information System Managers (NOC – 0213)
  • Administrator – Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training (NOC – 0421)
  • Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers (NOC – 0611)
  • Manufacturing Managers (NOC – 0911)
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants (NOC – 1111)
  • Financial and Investment Analysts (NOC – 1112)
  • Securities agents, investment dealers, and brokers (NOC – 1113)
  • Other financial officers (NOC – 1114)
  • Human Resources professionals (NOC – 1121)
  • Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting (NOC – 1122)
  • Human Resources and Recruitment officers (NOC – 1223)
  • Assessors, Valuators, and Appraisers (NOC – 1314)
  • Physicists and Astronomers (NOC – 2111)
  • Geoscientists and Oceanographers (NOC – 2113)
  • Biologists and Related Scientists (NOC – 2121)
  • Civil Engineer (NOC – 2131)
  • Mechanical Engineers (NOC – 2132)
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NOC – 2133)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (NOC – 2141)
  • Aerospace Engineers (NOC – 2146)
  • Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers) (NOC – 2147)
  • Other Professional Engineers, n.e.c (NOC – 2148)
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC – 2171)
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators (NOC – 2172)
  • Software Engineers and Designers (NOC – 2173)
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC – 2174)
  • Web Designers and Developers (NOC – 2175)
  • Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC – 2211)
  • Biological Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2221)
  • Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors (NOC – 2222)
  • Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2231)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2232)
  • Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2233)
  • Construction Estimators (NOC – 2234)
  • Architectural Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2251)
  • Industrial Designers (NOC – 2252)
  • Drafting Technologists and Technicians (NOC – 2253)
  • Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health & Safety (NOC – 2263)
  • Construction Inspectors (NOC – 2264)
  • Computer Network Technicians (NOC – 2281)
  • User Support Technicians (NOC – 2282)
  • Systems Testing Technicians (NOC – 2283)
  • Head Nurses and Supervisors (NOC – 3151)
  • Registered Nurses (NOC – 3152)
  • Medical Radiation Technologists (NOC – 3215)
  • Medical Sonographers (NOC – 3216)
  • Opticians (NOC – 3151)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (NOC – 3233)
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (NOC – 3237)
  • College and Other Vocational Instructors (NOC – 4131)
  • Psychologists (NOC – 4151)
  • Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (NOC – 4163)
  • Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers (NOC – 4164)
  • Other Professional Occupations in Social Science, n.e.c. (NOC – 4169)
  • Community and Social Service Workers (NOC – 4212)
  • Librarians (NOC – 5111)
  • Archivists (NOC – 5113)
  • Translators, Terminologists, and Interpreters (NOC – 5125)
  • Library and Public Archive Technicians (NOC – 5211)
  • Graphic Arts Technicians (NOC – 5223)
  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators (NOC – 5241)
  • Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade (NOC – 6221)
  • Sales Representatives – Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical) (NOC – 6411)
  • Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors (NOC – 7231)
  • Tool and Die Makers (NOC – 7232)
  • Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics (NOC – 7312)
  • Machine Fitters (NOC – 7316)
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors (NOC – 7315)
  • Supervisors, food, beverage, and associated products processing (NOC – 9213)
  • Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing (NOC – 9214)
  • Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling (NOC – 9221)
  • Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing (NOC – 9222)
  • Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing (NOC – 9223)
  • Supervisors, other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing (NOC – 9226)
  • Supervisors, Other Products Manufacturing and Assembly (NOC – 9227)
  • Chemical Plant Machine Operators (NOC – 9421)
  • Machining Tool Operators (NOC – 9511)


Canada National Occupation Classification (NOC)


 The National Occupation Classification (NOC) system ascribes a four-digit code and job description for each occupation in the Canadian labor market. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses this nationally conventional and standardized system to assess your work experience.

 Many Canadian immigration programs require some work experience in order to qualify. Every NOC code has an associated job title, lead statement, and list of major duties and responsibilities.

 When filling out your application for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, it is very important that you choose the right NOC code. If you indicate a NOC that doesn’t conform with your work experience, your application might be refused or returned to you.

 The process of choosing the right NOC code can be very confusing. First, you should make sure that your work experience is in line with the lead statement associated with the code. Secondly, all the duties and responsibilities on the list must fall under your work experience. As a result, your experience might receive, for example, two different NOC codes. In addition, your official job might be associated with a NOC that is different from your experience.

 When you apply for a NOC code for immigration purposes, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve selected the right code by providing supporting papers. Usually, candidates provide a letter of reference, or letter of employment verification, from their current or past employers.


Regulated and Non-Regulated Occupations


 About 20 percent of jobs in Canada are regulated. These occupations are governed by a provincial, territorial or federal authority. Most of them are in the medical, dental, construction and personal services fields. For example, if you are a teacher or an engineer, you need to have a license before you are able to work in your occupation. In addition, you need special education prior to getting your certificate or license.

 Sometimes before you obtain a license in Canada, you will have to go back to school, get work experience, or take exams. The regulatory body might ask you to take a language test. Therefore, obtaining a license after you immigrate can be lengthy and expensive. You need to know that requirement, standards, and laws for jobs in each province are different.

 Before you start filling out your application, check to see whether the profession you want to practice in Quebec is subject to a regulatory body. In case your trade is regulated, you can take certain steps in your home country in order to have the right to practice the trade in Quebec.

 Therefore, we encourage you to contact the regulatory body which governs your profession and find out what you need to get your profession recognized in Quebec.