- The applicant’s general knowledge of Quebec. This includes an understanding of the history, culture, geography, society, values and laws of the Province of Quebec.
- Quality of the candidate’s overall project to immigrate to Quebec. This includes components such as knowledge of the Quebec job market and the situation of the applicant’s occupation in the province, familiarity with living expenses in Quebec and having made a budget, and any contingency plans in case things do not work out for the candidate as initially planned. For example, Fritzie plans to initially live with a friend, but also presented an alternative plan which includes a brief stay in a hotel, and then the rental of an apartment.
- Language. French and English can both be important, but the emphasis is on French. When an applicant claims a higher level of French and English, more complex questions in these respective languages can be expected. The more that an applicant is able to converse in French, the more the interview will be conducted in French.
It is important to note that after December 5th, 2011 all applications must include the results of standardized tests for French and/or English when claiming points for either language. More information is available from a previous CanadaVisa.com news article: Tests now required for language points under Quebec Skilled Worker program. Applicants should be aware that Quebec Immigration has the right to ask any applicant to submit French and/or English test results even if the application was received prior to December 5th, 2011.
- If the applicant works in a regulated profession then he/she should know the licensing process in the Province of Quebec. For example engineers are regulated by the l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, or as in Fritzie’s case, nurses, by the Ordre des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec.
The more one knows about their profession in Quebec the better. In some cases it may be possible to start the licensing process before arriving in Quebec. This is the case for engineers. For more information, see Recognizing engineer’s foreign credentials will get easier in Quebec with new online tool.
- The more advanced French skills an applicant has acquired by the time of the interview, the better. Remember that French tests can be taken multiple times, and better results can be submitted. Fritzie improved her French with private tutoring, and using a French mobile App from iTunes. Also, the applicant should remember to keep up his/her French ability from the submission of the application to the date of the interview because without practise French skills can deteriorate.
- If dependent children are a part of the application, the applicant is similarly expected to be well prepared for their integration into Quebec. This includes knowing that children of immigrants to Quebec must attend school in French, if they intend to attend publically funded schools and should include some research into schools they may attend in the neighbourhood where the applicant plans to settle.
“Start early. As soon as you [submit] your application, begin studying about Quebec and the job market. Do it with dedication and commitment. Begin your French studies and continuously improve on it. Don’t wait until you receive your interview date because cramming is not good. There are many things that you need to learn about Quebec, the job market and the language and you cannot squeeze it all in a matter of 1 month or 2. Claim that you will be a Quebecer someday. In this way, you will be fully motivated. I made sure that I had a file of the important details about Quebec, job market, applications, communication letters, etc, that I scanned several times before the interview.”
In the past 5 years Canada has welcomed 1,863,791 new permanent and temporary residents. Between 2006 and 2011, the country saw a 5.6% population increase – the highest of all G8 countries. Statistics Canada has issued the first of a series of census analyses, which examines population counts and growth. It has attributed Canada’s continued dominance in terms of planned population growth mostly to an increase in temporary foreign workers, and to a lesser extent on permanent residents.
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Ontario imposes a three-month waiting period before newcomers can receive public health insurance. Critics say the result is people delay seeking treatment, which can make their ailments worse – and endanger the public’s safety. Louisa Taylor reports
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