Quebec Skilled Workers and Professionals Immigration

Applicants who wishes to reside in the city of Montreal or any other city inside the province of Quebec may apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). This economic immigration program is not Express Entry aligned.

Also known as the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP), the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is intended solely to serve international immigrants who wish to settle and contribute to the economy of Quebec. Whilst most of the applicants prefer to settle in the city of Montreal, there is a sizeable proportion that choose other cities in Quebec due to various other reasons.

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Note: On 1 November 2017, the government of Canada announced multi-year immigration targets spanning from 2018 to 2020. An estimated 9,80,000 immigrant will be welcomed by Canada from 2018 to 2020. For complete projected statistics and other valuable information, click here.

Mon Projet Québec

The Mon Projet Québec came into effect on January 2016. It was introduced with an intention to make Quebec immigration faster but most importantly, secure. This secure space is required to be used by all aspiring candidates to make payments, track status of their application, etc. Today, QSWP is completely managed through Mon Projet Québec.

Eligibility Criteria

Like the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) economic immigration program, the QSWP is also a points-based selection system. But very much unlike FSWC. Whilst in FSWC an applicant need to score a minimum of 67 points in the Express Entry Selection Grid, QSWP aspirants need to score 50 points (if unmarried) and 59 points (with spouse or common-law partner). Whilst in FSWC the applicant awaits an Invitation to Apply (ITA), in QSWP the applicant awaits the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). This is commonly referred to as the Quebec Selection Certificate.

Selection Grid

Factor Points
Education Maximum 14 points; cut-off = 2 points
Area of Training Maximum 12 points
Valid Job Offer Maximum 10 points
Work Experience Maximum 8 points
Age Maximum 16 points
If the applicant has stayed or has family in Quebec Maximum 8 points
Language Proficiency Maximum 22 points
Souse or common-law partner points Maximum 17 points
Accompanying children Maximum 8 points
Financial self-sufficiency 1 point only


In the Quebec Skilled Worker program, many of the documents need to be certified true copies which are required to be certified by the document issuer, or else, a notary. The Federal six factors eligibility is not applicable for Quebec Skilled Worker program. Also, when it comes to language requirements, there are more than 1 language test the applicant may take to substantiate his or her French language skills.

The following language tests are recognised by the Quebec government for French:

  • Diplôme d`études en langue française (DELF/DALF)
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF)
  • Test d`Evaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFaQ)
  • Test d`Evaluation du Français (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCFQ)

No matter which test the applicant choose to take in order to substantiate his or her French language proficiency, they are converted to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB; NCLC for French) when it comes to immigration to Canada.

The following language tests are recognised by the Quebec government for English:

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Processing Timelines

The processing timelines for Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) vary depending on the following factors:

  • Volume of applications received under the program
  • Conformity of documents submitted by the applicant
  • Selection objectives based on geographic pool and immigration category
  • International context
  • Waiting for proof of the applicant’s French language proficiency
  • Time taken by the applicant to respond to request(s) by the Ministère
  • Notice of appointment for a selection interview by the Ministère

Fee Details:

Program Name: Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
Description Application Processing Fee (C$) Permanent Residence Fee (C$)
Primary applicant 785 490
If adding spouse or common-law partner 168 490
If adding a dependent child (22 years or less) 168 NA


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