Quebec is all set to welcome up to 42000 new permanent residents as per the new Quebec Immigration Plan for the year 2019. Quebec will also be issuing 24,800 selection certificates in the year, according to the plan. Around 59 percent of the new permanent residents will be admitted to the province through Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and other economic immigration programs. Quebec has set a target to admit 23,450 economic immigrants in the new year, including 19500 skilled workers.
Another 3200 new permanent residents will be invited through the business immigration programs of Quebec including the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program. The number of admissions targeted through other economic programs for Quebec immigration, such as caregivers and others, is 750. The rest of the 16,550 new permanent residents will be admitted through family sponsorship, refugee and other immigration programs.
Quebec is the only province in Canada that can select the majority of newcomers to the province every year. Those who obtain Quebec Selection Certificates can directly apply for permanent residence in Canada. Quebec is planning to issue between 20,200 and 24,800 Quebec Selection Certificates (Certificats de séléction du Québec, or CSQs) in the year 2019. More than half of the total number of CSQs, around 12,500 to 15,000 of them, will be issued to skilled workers. Candidates applying through the various business immigration schemes of Quebec will receive between 2,100 and 2,800 CSQs.
Quebec has brought down targets, both for admissions and CSQs, in the province’s Immigration Plan for 2019. This is part of the Quebec Government’s decision to temporarily bring down immigration levels by around 10,000 people per year. This is being done with the purpose of ensuring that the newcomers are better integrated into the Quebec society, while ensuring that Quebec employers have sufficient supply of skilled foreign workers.
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