If you want to apply for the Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSW), you have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the online portal, Arrima. Based on your profile, you will be given a score out of 1,300 points using the Quebec Immigration – Expression of Interest points grid.

Your score will be one factor used to determine whether or not you will be invited to submit an official application for permanent residence. Invitations are issued periodically. For a full history of invitations issued for the QSW program, and for basic eligibility criteria, refer to our QSW overview.

This guide is a breakdown of the 1,300 points available through the Quebec Immigration – Expression of Interest points grid.

Human Capital Factors — 580 points available

A maximum of 580 points are available for Human Capital Factors in the following areas:

a. Knowledge of French

Knowledge of French is assessed based on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes.

French: Listening

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Level of oral comprehensionForeign national
(maximum 70 points)
Spouse or de-facto spouse accompanying the foreign national
(maximum 20 points)
5 or 6329
7 or 85315
9 or 106318
11 or 127020

French: Speaking

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Level of oral productionForeign national
(maximum 70 points)
Spouse or de-facto spouse accompanying the foreign national
(maximum 20 points)
1 to 400
5 or 6329
7 or 85315
9 or 106318
11 or 127020

French: Reading

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Level of written comprehensionForeign national
(maximum 20 points)
1 to 40
5 or 69
7 or 815
9 or 1018
11 or 1220

French: Writing

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Level of written productionForeign national
(maximum 20 points)
1 to 40
5 or 69
7 or 815
9 or 1018
11 or 1220

b. Knowledge of French and English

Knowledge of French is assessed based on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes. Knowledge of English is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

French & English

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Skill Level In FrenchSkill Level In English(maximum 80 points)
1 to 41 to 120
5 to 85 to 825
5 to 89 to 1250
9 or 105 to 850
9 or 109 to 1267
11 or 125 to 867
11 or 129 to 1280

c. Age

Age

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AgeForeign national
(maximum 130 points)
Foreign national with accompanying spouse or de-facto spouse
(maximum 110 points)
18 to 30 years old130110
31 years old118100
32 years old11295
33 years old10791
34 years old10085
35 years old9580
36 years old8572
37 years old7866
38 years old7261
39 years old6555
40 years old5950
41 years old4639
42 years old3328
43 years old2017
44 years old76
45 years old or more00

d. Length of professional work experience

Work experience must have been obtained within the 5 years prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Length of work experience

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LengthForeign national
(maximum 100 points)
Less than 11 months0
12 to 23 months30
24 to 35 months50
36 to 47 months80
48 months and over100

e. Level of Education

Education must have been completed prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Level of education

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Level of educationForeign national without spouse or de-facto spouse
(maximum 90 points)
Foreign national with accompanying spouse or de-facto spouse
(maximum 70 points)
General secondary school diploma1814
Vocational secondary school diploma attesting to one year or more of full-time study5442
General post-secondary diploma attesting to two years of full-time study3628
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to one or two years of full-time study6349
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to three years of full-time study8163
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to one year of full-time study4535
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to two years of full-time study7256
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to three or more years of full-time study8365
Graduate university diploma attesting to one or more years of full-time study8668
Post-graduate university diploma9070

Response to Quebec’s needs — 720 points available

A maximum of 720 points are available for points responding to Quebec’s needs. These points are in the following categories:

a. Occupational demand in Quebec and work experience

Occupational demand is based on the diagnostics defined in this Quebec labour report.

Occupational demand in Quebec and work experience

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DiagnosticLength of work experienceForeign national
(maximum 100 points)
Profession assessed in equilibrium or without diagnosisLess than 12 months0
12 months or more30
Profession assessed in slight shortageLess than 12 months0
12 to 23 months60
24 to 35 months70
36 months and over90
Profession assessed in shortageLess than 12 months0
12 to 23 months70
24 to 35 months90
36 months and over100

b. Field of training

Points for field of training are awarded based on Quebec’s designated Fields of Training.

Field of training

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List of field of training sectionForeign national
(maximum 60 points)
E0
D12
C30
B48
A60

c. Quebec education

Education must have been completed prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Quebec education

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Québec diploma:Foreign national
(maximum 50 points)
General secondary school diploma10
Vocational secondary school diploma attesting to one year or more of full-time study30
General post-secondary diploma attesting to two years of full-time study20
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to one or two years of full-time study35
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to three years of full-time study45
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to one year of full-time study25
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to two years of full-time study40
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to three or more years of full-time study46
Graduate university diploma attesting to one or more years of full-time study48
Post-graduate university diploma50

d. Quebec work experience

Work experience must have been obtained within the 5 years prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Quebec work experience

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LengthForeign national
(maximum 100 points)
Less than 6 months0
6 to 11 months20
12 to 23 months60
24 to 35 months70
36 to 47 months80
48 months and over100

e. Canadian work experience (outside Quebec)

Work experience must have been obtained within the 5 years prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Canadian work experience (outside Quebec)

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LengthForeign national
(maximum 30 points)
Less than 6 months0
6 to 11 months8
12 to 23 months15
24 to 35 months20
36 to 47 months25
48 months and over30

f. Validated job offer

The job offer must be validated by the Minister in accordance with the Québec Immigration Regulation (chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).

Validated job offer

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Location of jobForeign national
(maximum 380 points)
Outside the territory of Greater Montréal380
Within the territory of Greater Montréal180

Spouse/Partner factors — if applying with a spouse/partner — 20 points available

A maximum of 20 points are available based on the education of the spouse or partner of the principal applicant. These points are awarded in the following categories:

a. Spouse’s level of education

Education must have been completed prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Spouse’s level of education

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Level of educationSpouse or de-facto spouse accompanying the foreign national
(maximum 10 points)
General secondary school diploma1
Vocational secondary school diploma attesting to one year or more of full-time study6
General post-secondary diploma attesting to two years of full-time study4
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to one or two years of full-time study7
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to three years of full-time study9
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to one year of full-time study5
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to two years of full-time study8
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to three or more years of full-time study10
Graduate university diploma attesting to one or more years of full-time study10
Post-graduate university diploma10

b. Spouse’s Quebec education

Education must have been completed prior to filing the Expression of Interest.

Spouse’s Quebec education

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Québec diploma:Spouse or de-facto spouse accompanying the foreign national
(maximum 10 points)
General secondary school diploma1
Vocational secondary school diploma attesting to one year or more of full-time study6
General post-secondary diploma attesting to two years of full-time study4
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to one or two years of full-time study7
Technical post-secondary diploma attesting to three years of full-time study9
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to one year of full-time study5
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to two years of full-time study8
Undergraduate university diploma attesting to three or more years of full-time study10
Graduate university diploma attesting to one or more years of full-time study10
Post-graduate university diploma10

For more information about the Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSW), please refer to our general QSW overview.

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