Updated: Jan 20, 2021
Applications for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ or Quebec Experience Program) can be submitted online as of January 12 through the Arrima platform.
PEQ Applicants can therefore submit their application, pay the required fees and download the required documents through the platform.
Quebec has previously informed applicants that paper-based submissions may be used until January 25, 2021. After that date, it will be mandatory to submit all PEQ applications through an online process and the Quebec Ministry of Immigration will no longer accept any paper applications.
This is not the only program that will undergo this change.
While applicants to the Quebec Foreign Student Program have now been able to submit their applications through the platform since the spring of 2020, they will also be subject to the same mandatory online submission process as of January 26, 2021.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) has also indicated that the submission of required documents under three new permanent immigration pilot projects, once launched, will have to be done electronically.
In the coming weeks, the province is expected to introduce three new permanent immigration pilot programs for workers in the health, computer and food processing sectors.
What is Arrima?
Arrima is an online platform used by the MIFI. Originally, Quebec introduced Arrima to collect expressions of interests from foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Quebec through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Based on the information provided on the Arrima portal by the foreign national, MIFI assesses the submitted profiles according to factors such as education, language skills and work experience. Eligible individuals are invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).