Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Every year, Quebec welcomes thousands of immigrants to settle in the province. Quebec offers good job opportunities and high quality of life to its residents, which make it one of the most popular destinations for immigration.

Skilled workers and international graduates in Quebec can apply to migrate to Quebec permanently under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The first step in the migration process is submitting an Expression of Interest (EoI) through the Arrima Portal of Quebec. The Arrima system was launched in 2018 with an aim to streamline the processing of QSWP applications. Anyone above the age of 18 can submit an EoI with Arrima and it is absolutely free of cost. As the Arrima portal is open all through the year, interested candidates can submit the EoI at any time.

Eligibility criteria

The candidates who submit their EoIs to the Arrima portal are assessed on the basis of a number of eligibility factors including education, language proficiency and work experience. A single applicant must score at least 50 points and those with a spouse or common law partner must score at least 59 points under the selection factors in order to qualify. The selection factors are as follows:

EducationUp to 14 points (Cutoff Score = 2 points)
Area of trainingUp to 12 points
Validated employment offerUp to 14 points
Work experienceUp to 8 points
AgeUp to 16 points
Language proficiencyUp to 22 points
Stay and family in QuebecUp to 8 points
Spouse/common-law partner characteristicsUp to 17 points
Presence of accompanying childrenUp to 8 points
Financial self-sufficiency1 point


The Quebec government reviews the EoI profiles and invites those candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the potential to meet the labour market demands of the province.

The candidates who are selected under the QSWP will be issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) with which, they can apply for permanent residence in Canada with the federal government. Before approving their application for permanent residence, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will conduct a medical and criminal background check of the candidate.

Quebec offers great career opportunities and high quality living for eligible candidates. Contact us to explore your options to migrate to Quebec.


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