Latest Quebec Arrima draw update
Quebec’s most recent Arrima system invitation draw was held on January 16, and it saw 23 invitations distributed. The candidates, who applied through the province’s Regular Skilled Worker Program, will have six months to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec/CSQ). Upon receiving their CSQ, they can then apply for Canadian permanent residence. The Arrima system draws are held by Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI).
The candidates who were selected for this draw were just 23 of the 16,000 applications that had been cancelled when the Quebec government announced Bill 9 and its immigration reforms in June 2019. According to the Government of Quebec, this was the final invitation round that will prioritize those affected by Bill 9.
The Arrima system was created in 2018 to manage the profiles of Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program candidates. It replaced the previous paper-based, first-come-first-serve method of processing applications. To be considered for this draw, candidates sent the MIFI an expression of interest prior to December 17, 2019. When sending applications, they needed to have a study or work permit or be a temporary resident.
Expression of Interests (EOIs) must be submitted to Arrima to be considered for immigration through the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program. After that, the MIFI sends invitations after examining the profiles and determine what candidates meet labour market needs. The Arrima system itself ranks the profiles based on a score attached to the profile. This score measures factors such a language proficiency and work experience.