What is a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat du Sélection du Québec) ?
A Quebec Selection Certificate allows you to immigrate to, and settle in Quebec. If your intended destination in Canada is within the province of Quebec, you must obtain a CSQ before you obtain a Permanent Resident Visa.
How is immigrating to Quebec different than immigrating to the rest of Canada ?
Quebec is responsible for selecting immigrants to settle within the province. In order to immigrate to Quebec, you must first obtain a Cértificat du Sélection du Québec (Quebec Selection Certificate, commonly known as a CSQ). It is important to note that a CSQ is not a Permanent Residence Visa. Once you submit an application for a CSQ, your qualifications are assessed at the provincial level, and once you receive approval at the provincial level (your CSQ) your application is submitted at the federal level for medical and security checks. You receive your Permanent Residence Visa after being approved at the federal level.
Why are the requirements different for a CSQ than for a Federal Skilled Worker application ?
Quebec is a culturally distinct province, and the only fully francophone province in Canada. Your chances of being selected by Quebec depend on your ability and willingness to settle and work in the province and adapt to the daily life.
The immigration requirements & procedures for Federal Skilled Worker prog. recently changed. How does this affect CSQ applications ?
The recent changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program do not affect CSQ applications at all. The CSQ requirements and procedures remain the same.