Quebec, and especially Montreal, is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants looking to build a new life in Canada. As the second most populous province of the country, Quebec offers unrivalled opportunities to foreign workers. It is famous for its high-tech industries and excellent educational institutes, making it Canada’s home of innovation.
We have worked with millions of clients over the years, developing the finest relocation management systems to become the leading resettlement solution. We pride ourselves on putting our clients at the heart of everything we do, which is why it is important that we have offices located in your country to guarantee you receive personal, timely service.
Quebec: A Country inside Canada
Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, the province of Quebec operates its own immigration scheme, which is separate from the other Canadian provinces. Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Quebec will first need to apply to the Government of Quebec for a certificate of selection (CSQ). As in other provinces, they must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence.
Skilled Worker Immigration Route
Those considering immigration to Montreal should research the job market to see how their trade or profession is run in Canada. Obtaining a CSQ does not guarantee a job in your chosen field. Various selection factors are used to grade applicants on a points basis. These include your education and training, work experience, language skills and holding a valid job offer from a Quebec employer.
Business Immigration Route
The Government of Quebec are always keen to nurture new businesses in the province. If you’re seeking a Montreal visa for business purposes, Quebec also makes its own provisions in this category. The three options are:
-Entrepreneur Program: This program is specifically designed for those who want to either establish or purchase a business in Quebec.
-Investor Program: For those who want to make an investment in Quebec’s economic development.
-Self-Employed Worker Program: For those who want to carry on a trade or profession in their own right.
Students and Temporary Workers
If you already in the province as a temporary worker or you hold a student visa, Quebec also allows you to apply for a CSQ in the skilled worker category. For applicants aged 18 or over, there are two possibilities:
-The Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).
-The Regular Selection Program for skilled workers.
IXP Case Study
Some people say that it’s not what you know but who you know that counts. But if you have the right skills and speak to IXP, then your case for immigration could be a great success. We’re so proud that we can introduce talented people to the right employers and this is just one such case:
“Because of my professional training in biochemistry, I knew that my skills would be in demand somewhere in Canada. I had long thought about travelling the world and making a new life for myself in a beautiful country like Canada and my degree made all that possible. What I didn’t know was that to work in Montreal, I would need a different visa type than the rest of Canada. When I first called IXP, I had no real idea of what I wanted aside from to work in Canada. Their friendly advisor helped me to make sense of all of my options and I quickly discovered that my skills were best suited to Quebec. Without the guidance and expertise of my advisor, I would probably still be dreaming of living in Canada rather than actually living here. I’m so happy to be in a place where my skills are appreciated and I can earn far more than I could have done back home.”