Arrima Immigration Quebec 2024: Complete Guide

Arrima is the online portal for expressions of interest for foreign nationals interested in emigrating to Quebec under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Anyone over the age of 18 can submit an Expression of Interest using Arrima Immigration Québec.

Why did the Quebec government introduce Arrima?

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program is a popular Canadian immigration program. This program offers eligible foreign nationals and their families a path to Canadian Permanent Resident status following the issuance of a Quebec Selection Certificate.

The Arrima portal was launched in September 2018 following the entry into force of the Quebec Immigration Act and its regulations on August 2nd. This new system put an end to the “first come, first served” inquiry process.

By implementing an Expression of Interest system, the Quebec government can now:

👍 issue invitations to apply for a Quebec selection certificate on a more regular basis

👍 reduce PTAQ application processing times.


Are you thinking of applying? Here's what you should know about Arrima Quebec

The Quebec Ministry of Immigration (Ministry of Immigration, Franciscan and Integration, or MIFI) has adopted the Expression of Interest System to facilitate the process of applying for immigration to Quebec under the PTAQ.

The new system allows anyone who meets the age requirement (18) to submit an expression of interest by completing an online profile through the Arrima Immigration Quebec portal. An Expression of Interest profile is evaluated on the basis of the information provided, such as:

  • The training field
  • The level of education
  • Language skills
  • Working experience
  • And other information

Once an Arrima account is created, an immigration candidate has 90 days to complete and submit their expression of interest. Applicants must have a valid email address to create an Arrima Immigration Québec account.

Any expression of interest is valid for one year and applicants have the option to update their profile throughout the validity period. For example, applicants can increase their chances of being invited by taking a language test.

Applicants invited to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate will be required to meet certain scores based on Quebec’s unique QSWP points grid.

If invited to apply for the PTQQ, applicants will have 90 days to submit a completed application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). QSWP requests will continue to be processed using the “Mon Projet Québec” request management system. Once the Department has assessed the application, the full list of required documents will be made available to the applicant.

The application review process begins once all documents have been provided by the applicant. Some candidates may be asked to attend an interview to verify the information provided in the application.

Filling out your Arrima application is not very difficult, but you should be careful
Make sure you understand the requirements before filling out your Arrima profile

Quebec increases its ability to receive more immigration through Arrima

The French-speaking province of Quebec held its first Arrima drawing on January 13, 2022. The first Arrima drawing of the year invited 512 skilled workers to apply for permanent selection. The Ministry of Immigration, Frenchization and Integration (MIFI) has invited applicants who score at least 602 to apply under the Regular Program for Skilled Workers of Quebec (PTQQ). The province also aims to invite the list of 21 targeted professions, including:

  • Health care professions
  • IT professions
  • Transport trades
    teaching professions, etc.

Learn about Quebec's Regular Skilled Worker Program

Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers who want to settle in the province. Most international skilled workers and graduates want to emigrate permanently to Quebec to work.

Invited applicants will have a limited time to apply and pay the processing fee. The province aims to process complete applications within six months of receiving invitations.

Successful applicants will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate), which can be used to apply for permanent residency with the Canadian federal government. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province, which is separate from Canada’s federal programs.

Arrima - Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program
Skilled workers can come to work in Quebec and enjoy excellent employment opportunities

Quebec Self Employment Program through Arrima

To qualify under the Quebec Self-Employed Program, applicants must meet the following conditions that differentiate them from the Quebec Skilled Employer Program:

  • Have two years of applicable experience in the profession they intend to practice in Quebec.
  • Have a personal net worth of $100,000.
  • Have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their families.
  • Provide an initial deposit of at least $50,000 if the self-employed candidate is based in the Greater
  • Montreal area and $25,000 if the candidate is located outside of Montreal.

Like skilled workers, an independent candidate is evaluated on several selection factors and must score enough points to be eligible to apply. To meet and comply with the many steps to select for an invitation to go to Quebec, Relocation to Canada offers you personalized and professional assistance.