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Immigration rules and procedures

The rules governing the intake and processing of permanent selection applications pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates and the undertaking applications submitted under the collective sponsorship stream of the Program for Refugees Abroad.

Maximum number of applications

Immigration
Program
Maximum number
of applications
to receive
Application
intake
period*
Business immigrants    
  • Investor Program
Application intake
suspended
November 1, 2019
to March 31, 2021
  • Entrepreneur Program
60*
- Stream 1 : 25
- Stream 2 : 35
November 1, 2019
to September 30, 2020*
  • Self-employed
    Worker Program

50*

November 1, 2019
to September 30, 2020*
Humanitarian immigration    
  • Program for
    Refugees Abroad
    (Collective sponsorship)
750**
January 20, 2020
to June 5, 2020

 

 

* If you have advanced intermediate knowledge of French oral expression and oral comprehension demonstrated by submitting results of a standardized test recognized by the Ministère, you may submit an application under the Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employed Worker Program at any time between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2019. Your application is not subject to the rule on the maximum number of applications that will be received or the application intake period.

** The maximum numbers of undertaking applications that will be received for each sponsor category are specified in the section Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship).

Skilled workers

If you wish to immigrate to Québec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program, you can submit an expression of interest through Arrima. Only foreign nationals who have been invited by the Ministère can submit an application for permanent selection. For the latest information on Arrima and invitations, go to the Arrima section of the MIFI website.

Applicants who want to submit an application under the Temporary Foreign Worker category of the Programme de l’expérience québéboise (PEQ - Québec experience program) may do so at any time by following the instructions related to the PEQ.

Candidates who want to submit an application under the Temporary Foreign Worker stream of the Programme de l’expérience québéboise (PEQ - Québec experience program) may do so at any time by following the instructions related to the PEQ.

Candidates who want to submit an application under the Québec Graduate stream of the Programme de l’expérience québéboise (PEQ - Québec experience program) may do so at any time by following the instructions related to the PEQ.

Investors

The intake of permanent selection applications under the Investor Program has been suspended from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021 in order to allow time for the program to be reviewed.

 

For more information on selection conditions, visit the Investor Program page.

 

Entrepreneurs

The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Entrepreneur Program is 60 for the period from November 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, including a maximum of 25 applications in Stream 1 and 35 applications in Stream 2. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

Entrepreneur candidates who demonstrate, by submitting results of a test recognized by the Ministère, that they have an advanced intermediate knowledge of French oral expression and oral comprehension are not subject to this maximum and can submit their application at any time between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.

Applications must be sent by courier, to Direction de l'enregistrement et de l'évaluation comparative, in Montréal. Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person or sent by regular mail will not be accepted. The envelope in which the application is sent must indicate the program under which the application is submitted.

For more information on selection conditions, visit the Entrepreneur Program, visit the Entrepreneur Program page.

Self-employed workers

The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Self-Employed Worker Program is 50 for the period from November 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

However, candidates who are self-employed workers and who can submit results of a test recognized by the Ministère to demonstrate their advanced intermediate knowledge of French oral expression and oral comprehension, are not subject to this maximum number and can submit their applications at any time between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.

Applications must be sent by courier, to Direction de l'enregistrement et de l'évaluation comparative, in Montréal. Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person or sent by regular mail will not be accepted. The envelope in which the application is sent must indicate the program under which the application is submitted.

For more information on selection conditions, visit the Self-employed Worker Program page.

Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship)

The maximum number of undertaking applications accepted for processing under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship) was 750 for the period from January 20, 2020 to June 5, 2020.

A maximum number of undertaking applications accepted for processing (category cap) is also set for each sponsor category.

  • Experienced organizations sponsoring only individuals who settled outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community can submit up to 200 applications.
  • Other experienced organizations can submit up to 150 applications.
  • Regular organizations sponsoring only individuals who settled outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community can submit up to 100 applications.
  • Other regular organizations can submit up to 200 applications.
  • Groups of two to five people can submit up to 100 applications.

The maximum number of undertaking applications (individual cap) that a sponsor can submit depended on the sponsor’s category.

  • Each experienced organization sponsoring that sponsors only individuals who must settle outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community must submit at least 10 undertaking applications and can submit up to 40 applications.
  • Each other experienced organization must submit at least 10 undertaking applications and can submit up to 30 applications.
  • Each regular organization can submit up to 10 undertaking applications.
  • Each group of 2 to 5 individuals can submit up to 2 undertaking applications.  In fact, every Québec resident who belongs to a group of 2 to 5 people can submit up to 2 undertaking applications.

 

Table summarizing the maximum number of undertaking applications be accepted for processing by sponsor category for the period from January 20, 2020 to June 5, 2020

 

Maximum number of undertaking applications by sponsor category (category cap)

Minimum number of undertaking applications

Maximum number of undertaking applications per sponsor (individual cap)

Experienced organizations sponsoring only individuals who settled outside the Montréal Metropolitain Community

200

10

40

Other experienced organizations

150

10

30

Regular organizations sponsoring only individuals who settled outside the Montréal Metropolitain Community

100

N/A

10

Other regular organizations

200

N/A

10

Groups of 2 to 5 individuals

100

N/A

2*

Total (all categories combined)

750 undertaking applications

 

*A natural person can submit up to 2 undertaking applications to the Minister as a member of a group of 2 to 5 people.

For more information, visit the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship) page.

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