Quebec Holds Its Second Arrima Draw Of The Year

Details of Quebec’s June 18 invitation round have been released. This was the second Arrima draw of 2020.

Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) has published details of the second Arrima draw of the year, which took place six months after the first that was conducted in January 2020.

On June 18, Quebec invited seven immigration candidates to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). These immigration candidates were either exempt from the cap that had been in place when they first register to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were living in Quebec on a work or study permit on June 16, 2019, when about 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled with the launching of Bill 9.

Quebec government previously stated in August 2019 that rounds of invitations for these immigration candidates were to take place until Jan. 16, 2020. Yet this draw of seven candidates still include candidates that were affected by Bill 9.

In order to be invited, candidates required to have filed an expression of interest with MIFI before Dec. 17, 2019. They also have to be either a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied, or hold a study or work permit in the province at the time.

In order to immigrate to Quebec province under the Regular Skilled Worker Program, candidates must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima.

MIFI will then review or assess the bank of profiles and issue invitations to those who meet specific requirements based on the labour market needs of Quebec.

What is Arrima?

Arrima was launched in 2018 to manage the pool of candidates for the Regular Skilled Worker Program after the program was changed from a paper-based “first-come, first-served” application system to an Expression of Interest system.

Quebec’s Expression of Interest system manages the bank of candidates for the Quebec Selection Certificate, which is required in order to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the province through the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

Candidates express their interest by opening a profile in Arrima, which is then placed in the pool of candidates and ranked based on either a score or other requirements.

Quebec’s immigration ministry (MIFI) sent out invitations to apply for a CSQ based on either a candidate’s score or other criteria such as labour needs in the province’s regions.

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