The Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program now uses the Expression of Interest (EOI) classification system for its applicant selection. The applicants with the best QSW points are the ones invited to submit their applications to Quebec.


There aren’t a lot of options better than Quebec. You don’t need to demonstrate any settlement funds to the government when applying under QSW unlike what is obtainable in Express Entry, and you can send your IELTS months after submitting your file. This means, you don’t have to delay your application till your IELTS is ready.

When it comes to language test for applicants, the Quebec program is a lot more flexible and doesn’t require any minimum score unlike Express Entry. The Skilled Worker program is point-based, however, which means you still need to meet the minimum point requirement to apply. A high language score will boost your score and your chances of getting in.

  1. You don’t need to have a job offer
  2. You don’t have to be in the country to apply
  3. You don’t need to demonstrate any settlement funds
  4. At completion of the process you’ll get Canadian Permanent Residence, which can be equated to the US Green Card.
  5. It takes about 14 to 18 months for processing to take place.

After meeting all the experience requirements, the applicants will be graded through a point system to assess their eligibility for the Self-Employed Visa.

  1. Applicants can score up to 100 points; 25 points for education, 35 for experience, 10 for age, 24 for language proficiency and 6 for adaptability. Successful candidates more score a minimum of 35 points, which is subject to change.
  2. Candidates are selected according to their scores in each category, their accompanying documents and their ability to meet the Canadian standard of a self-employed person.


Here are the general requirements for the QSW program:

  1. Identification documents (i.e. birth certificate, and marriage certificate if you’re married)
  2. Necessary travel documents (copies of your residence visas for those applying from a country that is not their country of citizenship)
  3. Educational documents (certificates and transcripts)
  4. You may be required to provide some employment documents depending on your qualifications.

You may not need the results of your language test to apply, note however that you will still need to present them before you’re granted a visa.

Both IELTS and academic results are accepted by Immigration Quebec as proof of English proficiency, and DELF or TEF results for native French speakers.

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