4 04, 2016

Quebec Reopens Business Immigration Programs for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Persons

2017-06-21T04:24:09+00:00 April 4th, 2016|

The Canadian province of Quebec has announced reopening dates for its business immigration programs, including the popular Quebec Investor Program, which will reopen for up to 1,900 new applications on May 30, 2016. The Entrepreneur and Self-Employed categories reopen with immediate effect, though for only 50 applications each. Candidates for the Investor and Entrepreneur categories with advanced intermediate French proficiency are exempt from the application cap.

Quebec Investor Program
To qualify as an investor, an individual must have a net worth of at least CAD$1.6 million, have managerial experience and be willing to make a government-secured investment of CAD$800,000 for a period of five years.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program
To qualify as an entrepreneur, an individual must have a net worth of at least CAD$300,000, have managerial experience in a business that they either owned or controlled, and be willing and able to establish or acquire a business in Quebec which will create at least one incremental job in Quebec.

Quebec Self-Employed Program
To qualify as a self-employed person, an individual must have a net worth of at least CAD$100,000 and must have work experience in the profession or trade that he or she intends to practice in Quebec.

8 03, 2016

Changes in Quebec Immigration Rules and Procedures

2017-03-13T20:45:11+00:00 March 8th, 2016|

Quebec announced new intake period and the number of applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec to be accepted in Business People Immigration Category. The Ministère will accept 1750 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec in Investors sub-class from August 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

The numbers of applications to be accepted in Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Workers sub-classes are 150 and 50 respectively and the intake period for such applications will last from April 1 2015 to March 31 2016.

The intake period for Skilled Workers sub-class will be announced at a later date. The number of applications to be accepted in this category is set at 6,300.

Those applicants with advanced intermediate knowledge of French proved by a standardized language test recognized by the Ministère, are not subject to the new rules and can submit their applications at any time between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.

Holders of a valid employment offer, temporary residents of Quebec eligible to apply for a Certificat de sélection du Québec and those applying under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise can submit their applications regardless the intake time.

8 03, 2016

Quebec Immigration Minister Announces New Immigration Plan: ‘Together, We Are Québec’

2017-03-13T20:45:21+00:00 March 8th, 2016|

The new plan is, in many ways, similar to the Express Entry system used by the federal government of Canada for the selection of economic immigrants.

Under the new system, candidates seeking to immigrate as skilled workers will be required to “declare their interest” bv submitting an online profile, and will be added to a bank of candidates for a predetermined period. Applicants who most closely meet Québec’s needs will be invited to submit a formal immigration application on a priority basis. At the end of the predetermined period, candidates who have not been invited to apply will be removed from the bank.

The government of Québec staes that this “dynamic, avant-garde immigration system” is inspired by systems that have already been implemented in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Further, the government added that it will “increase candidate interest and help garner public support for immigration by better aligning Québec’s needs with immigrants’ profiles.”

Individuals trained in job sectors that are in high-demand will be targeted for immigration first. When asked about what can be done for highly-trained workers like doctors and engineers to get their qualification recognized, Weil said the government and employers will have to step up.

“It’s our objective to do much better.[…] We seek to have their qualification partially or fully recognized before they get here. We need to solve these problems. We have to mobilize all the players.”

Learning French is seen as integral to having the program work.

“We need to be more flexible to open more French courses. We are going to offer it to foreign students and temporary workers. […] It’s the first sense of insecurity new immigrants have.”

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