Quebec launches new immigration pilot for AI and tech workers

Quebec launches new immigration pilot for AI and tech workers

Quebec launches new immigration pilot for AI and tech workers. This is an economic immigration pilot project for foreign workers employed in AI, IT and visual effects. The five-year pilot project will allow for a total of 550 principal applicants and their family members to be selected per year. Applicants must intend to settle in Quebec to work. This program aims to recruit highly qualified workers in key employment sectors of the Quebec economy that are facing a significant labour shortage.

“With the launch of this new pilot program, our government wants to provide companies with the tools they need to recruit the best international talent and to support and accelerate innovation in new technologies. More than ever, Quebec’s economic recovery needs innovative and promising tools for wealth creation,” said Quebec Immigration Minister Nadine Girault in French in a press release.

About the Quebec pilot program

There are two streams under this pilot: Artificial intelligence, and Information technology and visual effects. If this is of interest to you, you can do so as a foreign worker or as a Quebec graduate.

Also, each stream includes two types of profiles: Francophone and francization. Those applying under the Francophone profile must have an oral proficiency of 7 on the Quebec scale of proficiency levels in French. Under the francization profile, candidates must commit, at the time of submitting their application for permanent selection, to learn French and will automatically be registered with an immigrant integration service. The purpose of this process is to support newcomers in learning French and integrating into Quebec society.

For the current year,  the application period is open from April 22 to October 31, 2021.

Three new pilot projects now officially open

The three pilot projects are now officially open for applications. A total of 1650 spots per year is available, which translates into 550 spots per program.  Quebec has implemented these permanent immigration pilot programs to address ongoing labour force shortages in several sectors in the province.

Candidates can submit an application for permanent selection and obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).

Once you receive a CSQ, you must submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government.

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