Quebec Lowers Pass Mark for Skilled Workers
The Quebec government has recently lowered the pass mark for their popular skilled worker program. The program is set to open on or before the 1st October 2015. Quebec plans to receive 6300 applicants during the 2015 – 2016 fiscal session. The program features more than 75 suitable occupations and areas of training that will assist applicants for qualification for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ). Another plus is that applicants may qualify without a job offer. An applicant may also qualify for the program with a limited knowledge of French.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or the programs offered by other provinces under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), Quebec is the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants are able to predict their chances for admission. They are able to do this on the basis of their proven qualifications. Applicants who reach a passing score under the Quebec system will receive a CSQ. This will then permit them to qualify for Canadian permanent residence.
A Quebec skilled worker is a foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec. They will also be able to secure employment as a foreign national. This decision is made using a point system which evaluates the candidate’s area of training, education, experience, age, language, qualifications of a partner or spouse, offer of employment, and children.
There is a wide range of areas in which applicants will qualify for employment. Some of these fields are, Management and Financial Services, Engineering and Information Technology and Health Care. There is a demand for skilled workers in these categories.