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Immigrate to Quebec by Getting a Validated Job Offer

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"Quebec is a beautiful place to settle down and raise a family. For foreign nationals who want to work and live in Quebec, a validated job offer should be the top priority on the path to obtaining permanent residency.A validated job offer means that it is offered by a designated employer within Quebec and is validated by the Québec Ministère d’immigration, diversité et inclusion (MIDI)."
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Published on:  Apr 30, 2021
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Quebec is a beautiful place to settle down and raise a family. For foreign nationals who want to work and live in Quebec, a validated job offer should be the top priority on the path to obtaining permanent residency.

A validated job offer means that it is offered by a designated employer within Quebec and is validated by the Québec Ministère d’immigration, diversité et inclusion (MIDI).

At the federal level, applicants are required to have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and employers are required to demonstrate recruitment efforts to first hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

What is the Process of Getting a Validated Job Offer in Quebec?

You are eligible for a validated job offer in Quebec if:

  • You are already a temporary worker for an employer in Quebec
  • You have a valid full-time permanent job offer from a Quebec employer

Similar to the federal level, employers must demonstrate recruitment efforts to validate their job offers. This condition will be waived if you are already working as a temporary employee with the same employer.

What is the Process of Getting a Validated Job Offer When Applying From Outside of Canada?

If you are applying from outside Canada, then the employer will be required to meet the recruiting requirements. 

Step 1:

The job offer is valid if the position offered to the foreign worker is:

  • For a permanent and full-time work
  • Listed as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0 (managerial jobs), A (professional jobs with university degrees) or B (trades people occupations with specialized training or college diplomas)
  • Has the required certification and license to practice the occupation if it is regulated in Quebec
  • Have a positive impact on the local labor market
  • Does not dispute an ongoing labor agreement
  • Hired by an organization that has been operational in Quebec for at least 1 year

The employer is to provide a written job offer and the applicant must respond in a written letter agreeing to the employment offer. 

Step 2: 

The employer will also be required to submit documents and information as a second step to getting the job offer validated.

These documents include:

  • A copy of the applicant’s education credentials
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport
  • A copy of the applicant’s work permit if they are already working for the employer including the 3 most recent payslips
  • Registration proof of the business
  • A copy of recent financial statements of the employer
  • Proof of recruitment efforts if required
  • A copy of the applicant's resume 
  • Receipt of application fee

Step 3:

The next step for the applicant is to apply for a Certificate of Selection or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). 

After securing a job offer, applicants can submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a CSQ through the Arrima portal. 

Having a validated job offer is the best way to secure a CSQ. A CSQ authorizes you to apply for permanent residency in Quebec. 

You can apply for a CSQ as a part of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Step 4: 

The final step, after obtaining a CSQ, is applying for permanent residency to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Obtaining your CSQ through the QSWP means that you have to apply for a permanent residence as a skilled worker nominated by the Quebec government. 

However, it does not mean that you have to apply through the Express Entry system

Once you have applied for permanent residence, the federal government will conduct admissibility checks to determine whether you are eligible to enter Canada.

The IRCC or the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) can deem you inadmissible to enter Canada for criminal or medical reasons.

If you have a medical condition that poses a public health risk or would increase pressure on the social health services, then you can be deemed medically inadmissible.

If you have been recently convicted of a crime, then you can be deemed criminally inadmissible

Should you clear the admissibility requirements, then you will be granted permanent residency in Canada.

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