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How does the residency requirement for spouses work when applying for Canada’s updated QIIP?

I read that the Quebec program is back on and I'm considering applying for it along with my family. Regarding the residency requirement for at least a year between the two spouses, can the entire or most of the duration be done by my wife or do I have to do at least some of it?

  • MICS Global
    November 21, 2023

    Here is the requirement: receive a 3-year work permit and within 2 years of the issuance of that work permit, meet the 12-month residency requirement – 6 months by the principal applicant and another 6 months by either the principal applicant or spouse.

    November 17, 2023

    The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) has undergone significant reforms, and it’s great that you’re considering applying for it along with your family. Let’s delve into the details. Under the updated QIIP, there is a mandatory residency period that applicants must fulfill. You and your spouse will need to settle in Quebec as temporary residents for a minimum of 12 months before you can obtain permanent selection (also known as the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)). This requirement emphasizes the government’s goal of encouraging immigrants to establish deeper roots within the province. The residency requirement does not specify that both spouses must be physically present in Quebec for the entire duration. While you can certainly contribute to meeting this requirement, it is possible for your wife to spend most of the duration in Quebec. However, it’s essential to ensure that both of you fulfill the minimum 12-month residency period collectively. The QIIP also redefines the role of financial intermediaries involved in the program. These intermediaries will align their roles with the program’s financial elements. Remember that the QIIP aims to attract economically beneficial immigrants to Quebec, and these changes are designed to enhance the program’s effectiveness.

  • JTH Lawyers Inc.
    November 15, 2023

    The principal applicant would need to remain a minimum of 6 months in the province of Quebec, within a window of 2 years.