The QIIP interview lasts an average of one hour. The interview will take place in Montreal. It will be in French, English or through an interpreter. The questions will be mostly about your source of funds, the management experience or the net assets.
What can an investor expect during the interview with the Quebec immigration office?
We are seriously considering the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program and we're looking to learn more about the interview with the Quebec immigration office. How long does the interview last? What types of questions would we need to be prepared for? In what language is the interview conducted?
The currently proposed new conditions of the QIIP program are: having over $2 million Canadian in assets; proving that these assets come from a legal source (a licit accumulation of your income); and having at least two years of management experience in the five years prior to the submission of the file. Therefore, you must show to the Quebec immigration officers that you do qualify under these conditions in order to be accepted. After the analysis of your file, you might be indeed called to an immigration interview (which is currently only applicable to around 30 percent of cases). These interviews usually last 1.5 hours and are done in English or French (translated to your native language). During the interview, the officers will ask questions pertaining to your accumulation of funds and management experience, mostly. As each applicant has a different background, it is difficult to come up with an exact list of questions. Usually, the officers would ask the candidates to explain their career and question the applicants on their income (how it is received, tax rate paid, etc.). They could also question the larger transactions visible in the bank records and ask questions on the acquisition/sale of properties. Finally, the officers can question the candidates on their management experience to see if they really manage duties related to the planning, management and control of financial resources, and of human or material resources under their authority. Usually, qualified immigration lawyers from Quebec would prepare you for such an interview.