Difference Between Quebec Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Worker Immigration

Quebec Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker

Is the program first-come, first served?

Yes

No

Is the program managed through Express Entry?

No

Yes

Is there a pool of candidates?

No, the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis

Yes, the Express Entry pool

Is there a points system?

Yes

Yes, both for eligibility and in the Express Entry pool

Do candidates need to submit an online profile?

No

Yes

Do candidates need to receive an Invitation to Apply before applying?

No

Yes

Is French proficiency a requirement for the program?

No, but points may be awarded for French

No, but points are available for French

Is language testing mandatory?

No, but up to 22 points are available for English (6) and French (16) proficiency

Yes, candidates must prove language proficiency in English and/or French

Is there a ranking system for eligible candidates?

No

Yes, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Is a job offer required in order to make an application?

No

No

Can a job offer help an applicant become eligible to make an application?

Yes, points are available for a validated job offer in Quebec

Yes, points are available for initial eligibility and under the CRS

Is there an Area of Training list?

Yes, and up to 16 points may be awarded for a candidate’s Area of Training

No

Is there an occupation list?

No

No, but candidates must have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)

Is there an adaptability interview?

No

No

Can candidates apply to both the QSW and the FSW?

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Where should applicants intend on landing in Canada?

Quebec

Any province or territory except Quebec

Does an application to the program eventually lead to Canadian permanent resident status?

Yes, successful candidates first receive a CSQ, then apply to CIC for permanent resident status

Yes, successful candidates obtain permanent resident status

Can permanent residents live and work in any Canadian province or territory?

Yes

Yes

Is the program currently open?

Yes, as of November 4, 2015

Yes

Are there any government fees for creating a profile?

There is no profile stage

No

Are there any government fees for submitting an application?

Yes

Yes

Is there a cap/limit on the number of applications to be accepted?

Yes, up to 6,300 applications may be accepted

No

Is there an established intake period?

Yes, from November 4 to December 15 for postal applications, and from January 18 to March 31, 2016 online

No, eligible candidates may create an online profile at any time. CIC performs regular, ongoing draws from the pool

What are the expected processing times?

Unknown, though processing times may be reduced due to the removal of the adaptability interview stage

CIC aims to process applications within six months of submission

Source: CIC News

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