Quebec skilled worker Expression of Interest system

Quebec skilled worker Expression of Interest system

Quebec skilled worker Expression of Interest system

Quebec skilled worker Expression of Interest system

Quebec skilled worker Expression of Interest system: New details published

New EOI system comes with a promise to reduce processing time to less than 12 months

Quebec has published more details about its new Expression of Interest system, which will manage the profiles of eligible Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates.

The new Expression of Interest (EOI) system will replace Quebec’s current first-come, first-served application process for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Under the newly published regulations, which come into force August 2, anyone interested in the QSWP will have to first submit an online Expression of Interest profile to Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (MIDI).

Determining eligibility

In a first step, anyone 18-years-old or older can submit a profile to QSWP’s Expression of Interest Bank. Profiles in the bank will receive a score based on factors including skilled work experience, education and training, proficiency in French or English, financial self-sufficiency, and others. In order to be considered, all profiles will have to meet the minimum required score of two points in education (secondary school general diploma) and receive the one point that is awarded for financial self-sufficiency.

The points awarded for most QSWP selection factors are the same as those awarded under the current QSWP points grid, with the exception of a Validated Employment Offer, which increases from a maximum of 10 to 14 points. Some variables under the “Stay and Family in Quebec” factor are also weighted differently, though the maximum points available under the factor remains 8.

QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM SELECTION FACTORS

  1. Education (up to 14 points; cut-off score = 2 points)
  2. Areas of training (up to 12 points)
  3. Work experience (up to 8 points)
  4. Age (up to 16 points)
  5. Language proficiency (up to 22 points)
  6. Stay and Family in Quebec (up to 8 points)
  7. Spouse/common-law partner characteristics (up to 17 points)
  8. Valid job offer (up to 14 points)
  9. Presence of accompanying children (up to 8 points)
  10. Financial self-sufficiency (1 point)

In a second step, profiles that meet the initial requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency must then meet the required cut-off score of 43 points for a grouping of factors called Employability, which is based on a candidate’s score in education and training, work experience, age, language proficiency, time spent in Quebec and family in Quebec and a validated employment offer. A job offer is an added bonus but is not required in order to be eligible for the QSWP.

The Employability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52. In addition to the six factors above, the additional factor of a spouse’s education and training, work experience and language proficiency is also considered.

In the third step, candidates who meet the Employability cut-off score must then meet the minimum threshold under a grouping of factors called Selection, which is a passing score of 50 points (59 with a spouse or common-law partner). This step takes into account the points awarded under the six factors considered for Employability, with the addition of children and the financial self-sufficiency. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and training, work experience and language proficiency is also applied in such cases.

Invitations not necessarily based on the score

It’s important to note that meeting the minimum threshold of 50 points under the Selection does not necessarily mean a candidate will be invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificate de selection du Québec, or CSQ).

Invitations may be issued to the highest scoring candidates, but incoming changes to Quebec’s Immigration Act state that other selection criteria or conditions may apply. Section 44 of the updated Act states that “criterion relating to a foreign national’s ability to successfully stay or settle in Quebec, such as training or a trade or occupation” may determine invitations. Other criteria may include “a region of destination in Québec, a country or region affected by a humanitarian crisis or the existence of an international commitment.”

Quebec’s Immigration Minister, David Heurtel, has said in media interviews that candidates with work experience in occupations for which shortages have been identified in Quebec’s outlying regions could be moved to the front of the line for selection under the new system.

Quebec’s Liberal government has touted a reformed immigration system as key to addressing labour shortages that it says could leave as many as one million jobs unfilled over the next 10 years.

Candidates who are invited to apply for a CSQ will have 90 days to submit their application.

Heurtel has said processing times for CSQ applications from QSWP candidates will be reduced to less than 12 months under the new system, a welcome change from the 32-month processing time that applications filed in 2017 faced earlier this year.

Anyone who receives a CSQ can then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

The EOI advantage and disadvantage

Under the outgoing first-come, first-served model, candidates who did not qualify for cap-exempt status under the QSWP could only submit an application at specified times of the year — and only until a fixed quota was met.

Now, anyone 18 or older can submit an EOI profile at any time.

The possibility of Quebec favouring certain applications over others is one potential drawback of the move away from a first-come, first-served system, which ensured that all accepted applications were given a fair shake.

David Heurtel recently said on Twitter that the new system will help Quebec’s immigration process perform better, all with an eye on the province’s economy.

“Quebec’s government is putting in place an immigration system that is cutting edge, effective and performance-driven; a system that’s more in line with the actual needs of Quebec society and its labour market,” Heurtel tweeted in French.

Quebec’s Liberal government has touted a reformed immigration system as key to addressing labour shortages that it says could leave as many as one million jobs unfilled over the next 10 years.

Whereas immigration to other Canadian provinces and territories is managed jointly with Canada’s federal government, Quebec’s immigration system is largely independent and only relies on the Government of Canada to approve the candidates it selects for temporary or permanent residence.

OLD QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER SYSTEM NEW QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER SYSTEM
First-come, first-served model Expression of Interest model
Interested individuals submit their application through the Mon project Quebec online application intake portal Interested individuals declare their interest in the program and enter the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank by completing an online profile
Single applicants must score at least 50 points, and applicants with a spouse/common-law partner must score at least 59 points across 10 selection factors Candidates in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank will be assigned a score based on selection factors and wait to be invited by the Government of Quebec
Candidates wait for intake periods or submit an application that remains filed in the Quebec system for an indeterminate length of time Candidates who are successfully selected from the Quebec Expression of Interest bank are issued invitations to apply for a CSQ.
Limited intake thresholds for non-cap-exempt applicants No limit on the number Expression of interest profiles submitted to the system
Cap-exempt applications remain under evaluation over long periods of time Expression of Interest profiles will be valid for 12 months from the date of submission

Changes to Quebec Experience Class also coming

Quebec also unveiled two significant changes to another of its economic immigration programs, the Quebec Experience Program, or PEQ.

The PEQ is open to eligible candidates who recently obtained an eligible diploma from a recognized Quebec school or have 12 months of skilled work experience in the province in the last 24 months and are currently employed full-time in Quebec.

Under the existing PEQ requirements, candidates were required to have work experience in occupations designated Skill Type O, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

This requirement has now been removed, meaning candidates in occupations designated Skill Level C and Skill Level D may also be eligible to apply for CSQ through the Quebec Experience Program.

In another key change to the PEQ, Quebec will now allow accompanying spouses and common-law partners of eligible candidates who are working in Quebec on open work permits to present themselves as the principal applicants on CSQ applications.

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Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program updates in demand list of Occupations

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program updates its in-demand list of occupations

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program updates in demand list of Occupations

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program updates in demand list of Occupations

In-Demand Occupations list now consists of 33 eligible occupations, 7 of which do not require licensing

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced an update to its in-demand list of occupations on July 3, which applies to its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories.

The following are key features of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) International Skilled Worker sub-categories:

International Skilled Worker – Express Entry

This ‘enhanced’ sub-category is aligned with the federal Express Entry. Therefore, candidates in this sub-category need to meet the eligibility requirements to enter the Express Entry pool.

No job offer is required.

Applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis from eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Successful candidates obtain an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Candidates need to score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.

Candidates must have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of study or training in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan.

International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand

Applications to this ‘base’ sub-category are received on a first-come, first served basis and are processed entirely outside Express Entry.

No job offer is required.

Applicants need to score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) point assessment grid.

Applicants need to have at least one year of paid work experience in the past ten years related to their field of education or training, in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan.

Updated In-Demand Occupations

Of the 33 in-demand occupations on the updated list, seven occupations do not require candidates to obtain specific professional licensure. The other 26 occupations do, however, require professional licensure from the relevant organizations designated by the Government of Saskatchewan. In many cases, the licensure process may be completed from outside Canada.

No license required

NOC     OCCUPATION

0821    Managers in agriculture

0911    Manufacturing managers

0912 Utility managers

2123    Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists

2242    Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

4162    Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts

8252    Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Professional license required

NOC Occupation Non-Resident of Canada Pathway to Licensure
0211 Engineering Managers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2131 Civil engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
2154 Land surveyors Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS)
2173 Software Designers Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
2173 Software Engineers Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
2175 Web designers and developer Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS)
3111 Psychiatrists College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
3234 Paramedics Saskatchewan College of Paramedics
4151 Psychologists College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
4212 Social and community service workers Canadian Association of Social Workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants Ministry of Education
3211 Medical laboratory technologists Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists
3216 Medical sonographers Sonography Canada
0822 Managers in horticulture Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
6331 Meat cutters Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7311 Industrial mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7237 Welders Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7384 Recreation Vehicle Service Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)

 

Changes to the In-Demand Occupations list

The SINP’s list previously featured 36 occupations. The SINP removed 12 occupations and added nine to its updated list above.

The following occupations were removed from the SINP in-demand list of occupations:

NOC 0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services

NOC 0811 – Managers in natural resources production and fishing

NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting

NOC 2132 – Mechanical engineers

NOC 2133 – Electrical and electronics engineers

NOC 2141 – Industrial and manufacturing engineers

NOC 2151 – Architects

NOC 2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

NOC 7231 – Machinists

NOC 7272 – Cabinetmakers

NOC 2121 – Biologists and related scientists

NOC 2212 – Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

NOC 7311 – Industrial mechanics

Recent activity from the SINP

The SINP’s Occupations In-Demand sub-category opened once on June 7 and accepted 400 new applications also on a first-come, first served basis.

A successful nomination under this sub-category results in a provincial nomination certificate being issued to the applicant.

The SINP’s Express Entry sub-category has opened twice in 2018 and closed within hours of reaching its application thresholds. In order to apply under this category, candidates must first submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.

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Saskatchewan’s new EOI system now in effect for Express Entry

Saskatchewan’s new EOI system now in effect for Express Entry

Saskatchewan’s new EOI system now in effect for Express Entry

Saskatchewan’s new EOI system now in effect for Express Entry

Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system now in effect for Express Entry, Occupations In-Demand sub-categories

New EOI system boasts numerous advantages over old first-come, first-served model

Today marks the first day of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories.

The move to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system brings an end to the first-come, first-served model that Saskatchewan had used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories, which shut the door to many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.

The Express Entry sub-category allows Saskatchewan to select eligible immigration candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry system and invited them to apply for a provincial nomination. The Occupations In-Demand sub-category is for eligible skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations.

Ensuring ‘strong economic outcomes’

Saskatchewan says the switch to an EOI system will now allow its provincial nominee program, the SINP, to better target those most likely to succeed in Saskatchewan’s labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”

Under an EOI system, interested candidates register a profile with the SINP and are given a ranking score based on their answers to questions concerning work experience, education and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

Those who score at least 60 points on Saskatchewan’s assessment grid, and satisfy other eligibility requirements, are entered into its pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and select candidates are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.

This emphasis on a candidate’s so-called human capital, rather than how quickly they are able to apply, follows other Canadian provinces that already employ a merit-based EOI approach to selecting immigration candidates. The federal government’s EOI-based Express Entry system is another case in point, which replaced a first-come, first-served model in 2015 and selects the highest-ranked candidates based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Deeper pool of candidates

Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories, which are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer in order to be considered.

Unlike the outgoing first-come, first-served approach, which only accepted an allotted number of applications, anyone who meets the eligibility requirements for either sub-category can now compete for a provincial nomination.

“Opening the selection process to all eligible candidates will be a key benefit of Saskatchewan’s switch to an EOI system,” said David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian Immigration Law Firm in Montreal. “With the move to regular draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply.”

This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score.

The possibility of occupation-focused draws

Another advantage of the new EOI system is the SINP’s assertion that it may limit some draws to specific occupations “so that nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected.” A specified amount of work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s 33 in-demand occupations is required in order to be eligible for either sub-category.

For candidates with lower ranking scores, such draws could help them obtain an Invitation to Apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan if they have work experience in one of the targeted occupations.

This is something we’ve seen in Ontario, whose Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities Stream has waived its minimum points requirement on occasion in favor of work experience in a targeted field.

Last but certainly not least is the fact a move to an EOI system means candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the SINP’s EOI system for a provincial nomination will now have 60 days to submit their application from the moment they receive the ITA. This window is far more user-friendly than the application window under the old first-come, first-served model, which usually remained open for only a few hours.

“Sixty days to apply is a lot longer than 60 minutes, but it can still pass quickly,” David Cohen said. “It’s always a good an idea to prepare for an Invitation to Apply by collecting the required documents in advance to ensure you don’t miss the application deadline.”

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