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Comparison Between Quebec and Express Entry Skilled Worker Immigration

Here is a brief comparison between Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) and Express Entry Skilled Worker (FSW)

Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Skilled Worker
Is the program first-come,
first served?
Yes No
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 may be awarded
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 pro􀃡ciency 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
Is there an Area of Training
list?
Yes, and up to 16 points may be
awarded for a candidate’s Area of
Training
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 there an established intake
period?
it opens in certain dates over the year Yes (always)
What are the expected
processing times?
Depending on the country applying from CIC aims to process applications
within six months of submission
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