Quebec, Canada, has released a new list of skilled occupations eligible for migration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
The QSWP is a points-based Canadian immigration program. Points are awarded for various human capital factors, including an applicant’s area of training. From time to time, the government of Quebec revises the points awarded for each area of training in keeping with changes in the provincial labour market. The new list is good news for individuals who have degrees in areas such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Accounting, Translation, Banking and Financial Operations, as these areas of training will be awarded significantly more points than was previously the case.
Up to 16 points may be awarded for a candidate’s area of training. Given that under the most recent version of the program a single applicant required only 49 points in order to be eligible (applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner require 57 points), the area of training may provide up to around 30 per cent of a potential applicant’s points total.
The current regulations governing the program are set to expire on March 31, 2015. The cap of 6,500 applications for the most recent application cycle was filled within four months, though individuals with a validated employment offer from an employer in Quebec may still apply. The government of Quebec has stated that procedures and regulations that will be in place for the QSWP will be announced on April 1, 2015.
Source: CIC News