Applying for permanent selection in the Regular Skilled Worker Program

Once you have received an invitation, you must fill out and submit the permanent selection application form.

You will receive the confidential information to access the form in your Arrima message centre.

As of the date you receive the invitation, you have a maximum of 60 days to submit your application and pay the processing fees.

Once this timeframe has passed, your application will no longer be valid.

Information to provide

The information provided in your expression of interest will be copied to your permanent selection application.

You will need to add certain information and check that all information entered in your application is accurate.

You will need to specify certain information in your application for permanent selection.

Sending supporting documents

After submitting your permanent selection application, you will receive a personalized list of documents to provide to support your application.

You will also receive an application to obtain an attestation of learning about democratic values and Québec values. You will not receive this invitation if you and your family have already obtained your attestation.

You have a maximum of 60 days after submitting your application to:

  • Obtain your attestation of learning about democratic values and Québec values This hyperlink will open in a new window., without which your application will be rejected;
  • Send the requested documents by mail, to the following address:

    Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative
    Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
    285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
    Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8
    CANADA

Processing of your application will only start when your documents are received.

Due to COVID-19, you have 120 days to provide your documents.

Please note, you still only have 60 days to obtain your attestation of learning about democratic values and Québec values.

Your documents must be:

  • filled out correctly;
  • written entirely in French or English, or accompanied by a translation in French by a recognized translator This hyperlink will open in a new window.;
  • duly signed;
  • provided in the required formats This hyperlink will open in a new window.;
  • submitted within the set timeframe.

If the documents in your application are incomplete, or are not provided in the required format, you will receive a letter stating that you have 60 days to send them in. After this deadline, your application will be denied.

Paying your application fees

Below are the processing fees for a permanent selection application, as of 1st January 2021. These fees are adjusted each year on the 1st January.

Principal applicant: $822

Spouse or common-law partner: $176

Each dependent child: $176

You have a maximum of 60 days after submitting your application to pay the processing fees for your application, otherwise your application will not be processed.

Fees must be paid:

  • in full;
  • in Canadian dollars;
  • by you or by a third party.

These fees are non-refundable, even if your application is denied or rejected.

Means of payment

If your application for permanent selection in the RSWP is submitted online, you can pay by credit card when you submit your application, or choose the option to pay by paper.

If you choose the pay by paper option, you can pay in one of the following ways:

  • certified or validated cheque from a Canadian bank;
  • cheque issued by a currency exchange broker;
  • cheque issued by a Canadian company;
  • Canada Post money order;
  • bank draft from a Canadian bank.

You must enclose the personal identification form with your payment and send to the following address:

Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8
CANADA

For permanent selection applications submitted before 31 December 2018, you can fill out the Credit card payment form if you are requesting a common-law partner or dependent child to be added to your immigration file.

Cheques and bank drafts must:

  • be made payable to the Minister of Finance of Québec;
  • be mailed to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration;
  • have the name of the applicant in block letters on the back.

Processing times

If your application is complete, it will be processed within 6 months

This timeframe begins when the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration receives:

  • your permanent selection application;
  • your supporting documents;
  • payment of the processing fees for your application.   

This timeframe may be longer if you have to attend an interview.

Decisions

After reviewing your application, there are three possible outcomes:

1. You are selected

If you meet all of the program requirements and an interview is not required, you will receive:

  • your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - Québec selection certificate) and those of accompanying family members;
  • information on the next steps in your immigration process.

2. Your application is refused

You will receive a letter advising you that your application for permanent selection will be refused if:

  • you have not fulfilled all the conditions of the program;
  • you have not submitted all the documents requested in the proper format and in the given deadline.

To be selected, you must present documents or justifications that could improve your application and allow you to meet all the conditions of the program.

Following your response within the deadline, the review of your application will continue. You will then receive a decision of acceptance or refusal.

If you do not respond within the given deadline, your application will be refused. You have the option of submitting an application for administrative review.

3. Your request is rejected

You will receive a letter advising you that your application for permanent selection will be rejected if:

  • The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has reason to doubt the authenticity of some of your declarations or the documents you have provided;
  • you have provided false or misleading information or documents;
  • you have not sent convincing evidence, within the given deadline, to dispel the grounds for rejection submitted;
  • you did not show up for your interview at the given date.

You must present convincing evidence to dispel the grounds for rejection communicated to you in the letter.

Following your response within the requested deadline, the review of your application will continue. You might also be called for an interview. You will then receive a decision of acceptance or rejection.

If you do not respond within the given deadline, your application will be rejected. You have the option of submitting an application for administrative review.

Adding or removing family members after submitting your application

You can add or remove a family member in your permanent selection application. These family members may be:

  • a spouse;
  • a common-law partner;
  • one or more dependent children.

You can submit this request in your online file. You will need to fill out a new permanent selection application and submit it on Arrima. You must:

  • fill out the form;
  • sign the form;
  • attach your documents in the required formats;
  • pay the processing fees for your application.

If you do not have an online file, you must send the permanent selection application form (PDF 194 Kb) and the necessary documents by mail to the following address:

Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8
CANADA

If you add a family member, you must pay the extra application fees. If you remove a family member, the application fees that you have already paid are non-refundable.

Anyone added to your application who is 18 or older will have a 60 days to obtain their attestation of learning about democratic values and Québec values This hyperlink will open in a new window., unless they:

  • Have a valid student or work permit and have already attended an Objectif Intégration session.
  • Are exempted by the regulation.

Submitting an application for permanent selection using a representative

It is not necessary to use the services of a person you pay to undertake your immigration procedures. No priority or special treatment will be granted to you if you use the services of an immigration professional.

If you still decide to use the services of a paid person to represent you, see the page Retaining the paid services of an individual This hyperlink will open in a new window..

You and your representative must both have an account in the Arrima platform. 

Then, you can establish a representation link in your respective accounts.

Your representative can then present your application.

The information published on this website has been simplified and provides a summary of the main legal and regulatory provisions. It does not replace in any way the official texts of laws and regulations. For more detailed information about a particular rule, refer to the Québec Immigration Act This hyperlink will open in a new window. (chapter  I-0.2.1), to the Québec Immigration Regulation This hyperlink will open in a new window. (chapter  I-0.2.1, r. 3) or to the Immigration and Protection of Refugees Regulations (SOR/2002-227) This hyperlink will open in a new window..