Quebec has more power over its own immigration system than any other province.
The Government of Quebec is responsible for selecting economic-class immigrants such as skilled workers and entrepreneurs. The immigration process is managed by Quebec’s immigration ministry ( MIFI )
The Quebec Selection Certificate, or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) is a document issued by MIFI that confirms an applicant can immigrate to Quebec. Immigration candidates who are issued a CSQ can then apply for permanent resident status with Canada’s federal government.
The CSQ is available to people who are applying for immigration through the Regular Skilled Worker Program, the Quebec Experience Program, Quebec Entrepreneur Program, or the Quebec Self-Employed Person Program. It is also available to the Quebec Investor Program, but this program has been suspended until April 21, 2021.
How Arrima works :
People applying for Quebec immigration through the Regular Skilled Worker Program use the online Arrima portal to submit an expression of interest to MIFI.
Creating an expression of interest profile in Arrima is free and it is available to anyone 18 years of age or older. It is open year-round so people can submit their profiles at any time.
The first step is to create an Arrima account and complete the profile within 90 days. Once their expression of interest is created it remains valid for a year. Candidates can always update their profile during this time.
If candidates are invited to apply for the CSQ, they will have to satisfy certain cut-off scores based on a points grid.
After the invitations are issued, candidates have 90 days to apply for the CSQ. These applications are processed using the Mon Projet Québec application management system. The ministry will assess the application, and issue a complete list of the required documents.
The application review process begins once MIFI receives all the requested documents. Some applicants may be invited to attend an interview to verify the information provided in their application.