Immigration & Citizenship

New immigration application intake rules for 2017-2018

March 30, 2017 – New rules regarding the maximum number of applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate) that can be received by the Ministère will be in effect from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, inclusively. These new rules pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates (permanent workers and businesspeople).

Skilled workers

The Ministère will receive 5000 applications for a selection certificate under the Regular Skilled Worker Program during the next intake period, the dates of which will be announced at a later date. Applications must be submitted using the Mon projet Québec secure space.

Reminder — candidates who can submit an application at any time

Candidates with an employment offer validated by the Ministère or who are temporary residents in Québec and authorized to submit an application for a Québec selection certificate can do so at any time using the Mon projet Québec secure space.
Those who wish to submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) can also do so at any time following the instructions specific to the PEQ.


From May 29, 2017 to February 23, 2018, the Ministère will receive a maximum of 1900 applications for a selection certificate under the Investor Program, including a maximum of 1330 applications from foreign nationals from the People’s Republic of China, including the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Applications must be sent by regular mail or by a courier to the Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative, in Montréal (for all territories). Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person will not be accepted.

The rules pertaining to applications excluded from this maximum number, processing priority and the selection grid are specified on the page Immigration rules and procedures.

Entrepreneurs and self-employed workers

For the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, no applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec will be received under the Entrepreneur Program and Self-Employed Worker Program.

Toward a better immigration system

The new application intake rules for 2017-2018 were established with the objective of modernizing the Québec immigration system as quickly as possible. By limiting the number of new immigration applications received, the Ministère is able to process a greater number of pending applications.

In addition to working to reduce the backlog of applications to be processed, this period will enable the implementation of a new, more competitive and effective system for immigration applications. This new system will put an end to the “first-come-first-serve” principle, reduce processing times and make it possible to select candidates who have the best chances of participating fully, in French, in Québec society.

Note that these new application intake rules are in line with Québec’s immigration objectives (PDF, 910 Kb). Consequently, for 2017, Québec plans to admit between 49 000 and 53 000 immigrants.

For more details, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.


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2017 Changes to CIP Regulations, Saint Lucia

The Saint Lucian Governement has announced several amendments to its Citizenship by Investment Programme which are effective from January 1st, 2017. Please view summary of changes here.

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Citizenship by Investment option to Iranian Nationals

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) wishes to advise that Cabinet on Saturday 29th October, 2016, noted the recommendation of the CIU, proposing that applications from Iranians be accepted for citizenship by investment from Iranians who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have permanent resident status or other long term visa in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States or a jurisdiction with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa free entry arrangements.
  2. Have resided outside of Iran for at least three (3) years prior to the application for citizenship by investment.
  3. Demonstrate that the funds to be invested in Antigua and Barbuda were substantially earned outside of Iran.

Please be guided accordingly.

Thomas Anthony
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

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CIP Engagement

As part of our process of evaluation for CIP Saint Lucia, we are inviting you to share your opinions and suggestions on the Programme with us. Please share your responses via the questionnaire provided here.

Feel free to share the link with anyone who wishes to participate. Responses are required by the latest on Wednesday 15th September, 2016 at 4 p.m.

The Citizenship by Investment Unit commits to sharing the results of this engagement with you. Details on all respondents will remain confidential.

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Important Notice for Grenada Citizenship by Investment

The Grenada Citizenship by Investment Committee advises that the website IS NOT AN AUTHENTIC website to promote the Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Program and is therefore not authorized to promote, advertise, provide information or conduct business in any way for or on behalf of or in connection with the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program.

The Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program is not in any way affiliated with
All information contained in the ‘grenadadualcitizenship Website is to be discounted.

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EB-5 Regional Centers Must File Form I-924A by December 29

USCIS reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept. 30, 2014, that they must file Form I-924A, Supplement to Form I-924, for fiscal year 2014. Regional centers must submit Form I-924A no later than Dec. 29, 2014.

If a regional center fails to file Form I-924A, USCIS will issue a notice of intent to terminate participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. If a regional center files an incomplete Form I-924A, USCIS may issue a notice of intent to terminate participation.


Notice About Terminated Regional Centers

A regional center that has been terminated from the EB-5 program may not solicit, generate or promote investors or investments for any other EB-5-related projects, or otherwise participate in the Immigrant Investor Program.


About Form I-924A

Regional centers are required to submit Form I-924A every year to demonstrate continued eligibility for the regional center designation. See 8 CFR 204.6(m)(6).

There is no filing fee for Form I-924A.  To learn more about where to file, visit the I-924A web page.


When Completing Form I-924A

Complete the entire form annually. In some cases, USCIS may request that a regional center submit information covering more than one fiscal year on Form I-924A. In that case, complete Part 2 (b) to identify the period of time and the information requested by USCIS.


For more details, refer to Questions and Answers: Form I-924A.


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