Bad news: The cap for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has already been reached, and the current application cycle is already closed.
Good news: Many other options remain open, which serve as feasible alternatives to those who have been planning to apply to the Quebec program but did not get in.
One of the best alternatives available is the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) because it is almost similar with the QSWP. Like the latter, it also does not require applicants to have a job offer from an employer; applicant just need to prove that they can easily adapt to the Canadian way of life and can become economically established upon their arrival—no need to have an employer or a relative to sponsor them.
The FSWP will be accepting up to 25,000 applicants and their dependents during this cycle of application. It has 50 occupations under its list, and the 25,000 will be spread across these occupations, each one having a cap of 1,000 applicants. Applicants have to note, though, that the occupations in the list of FSWP may differ from those in the QSWP.
Below are other points to remember for those who plan to apply in FSWP:
* Applicants must have at least 12 months of continuous full-time work experience or equivalent part-time (paid) in one of the 50 occupations during the past decade.
* They must also show proficiency in either English or French (as proved by a language test).
* They must get 67 points based on the selection factors of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
* Those who qualify for Arranged Employment with a Labour Market Impact Assessment and those with a full-time permanent job offer from a Canadian employer will be exempt from the 25,000 cap.
* In the same manner, those who completed a PhD or a two-year study towards a PhD in a recognized institution in Canada are exempt from the cap—there is a separate stream for this, which has a cap of 500.
Those who think they’ll qualify in the FSWP can apply to the program instead of waiting for the next application cycle in the QSWP. This will take a long time, and there might be some changes to the program by the time a new cycle opens.