Canada’s Quebec Skilled Worker Program has reached its cap, meaning there are no further places in that particular programme. However there are other provincial categories, and the Federal Skilled Worker Program remains open, giving opportunities for migration to all provinces of Canada. Aside from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, potential applicants may still apply under this Quebec immigration program if the applicant has received a written offer of employment from a Quebec employer. New rules and allocation for applicants for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will come into effect on 1 April 2015. Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applicants can be eligible for residence based on their skills, without requiring a job offer. There is a minimum English requirement, with French as an alternative. The FSWP has an allocation of 25,000 places, over 50 occupations. This cap does not apply to those who :
- Qualify for Arranged Employment with a Labour Market Impact Assessment and a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer; or
- Have completed a PhD in Canada, or have completed two years of study in Canada towards a PhD, in both cases at a recognized institution. (There is a cap of 500 for this stream).