Quebec Skilled Worker applicants intending to live in the Province of Quebec, Canada are selected based upon a different set of criteria than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada.
Applicants in the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) immigration program may be required to attend an interview with a Quebec immigration officer.
Currently, most applicants in the QSW program are called for a personal interview where their adaptability for Quebec province is assessed. In some cases, an interview waiver will be granted if the candidate passes the overall required points threshold without needing these adaptability points and the immigration officer is satisfied with the supporting documents. The applicant will then receive a Quebec Selection Certificate and will be able to proceed directly to the federal government application process.
Interviews generally take place 9-15 months after the submission of an application. The interview takes place at a location that is nominated by the appropriate Quebec immigration office. The candidate must attend the selection interview unless he/she has a valid reason supported by proof, such as not being able to get a visa for the country where the interview will take place, or a medical reason, such as a pregnancy. The interview may then be rescheduled for a later date in such cases.
During the selection interview, it is a good time to talk about your immigration plan with the officer and to ask any questions about the selection process.
Three results are possible after the interview:
- Approval: If the assessment is positive, then the immigration officer will inform you of the next steps to follow. The visa officer may also immediately issue Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) if possible. Otherwise, the certificate will be mailed to you.
- Refusal: An explanatory letter is given to you if the assessment shows that you do not meet the selection criteria. You may then submit a request for an administrative review as an appeal.
- Notice of intent to refuse the application: The officer will give you an explanatory notice of intent to refuse the application if supported documentation is missing from your Quebec Certificate Selection application. You will have 60-90 days to provide the requested proof. If the necessary proof is not provided within this timeframe, your application will be refused without further notice.
Note: Sometimes, an interview is not necessary and the application is processed only on the basis of the applicant’s file. If you have obtained the required passing scores of the selection process, then the interview might not be required. In this case, you will receive Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) in the mail as well as information about the province of Quebec. You will be notified of the next steps in your process of immigration.