Quebec lowers the pass mark for skilled workers in Canada

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There is good news for those immigrants hoping to make the move to Quebec. Set to begin in October 2015 or just before, the Quebec government has announced that it will lower the pass mark for its well-known skilled worker program.

The program features around 75 eligible occupations and areas of training that will allow applicants to qualify for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) without a job offer and minimal knowledge of French.

Unlike the other popular visa programs around the country, Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants can predict their chances of admission based on their qualifications.

If you achieve a passing score under this system, you will be able to qualify for permanent residence. Most successful applicants qualify under the job sectors of management, financial services, engineering, information technology and health care.

Quebec’s quota stands at 6300 applicants at this point, and it is expected that this number will be reached quickly. There is still good news for those that have previous work experience in Quebec, have a valid job offer or have completed a study period in the province, as they will be able to apply for the Quebec Experience Class program, which has a different quota.

Immigrants are finding that Montreal is one of the best places to live. The dynamic city was voted as the second best destination for newcomers in Canada this year, just after Toronto.

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