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ARRIMA, the new immigration system in Quebec, was launched with great fanfare under the spotlight worthy of a car show, by the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Integration of Quebec!

Here is a vehicle that is supposed to bring our future Quebecers to their destination.

Gleaming chrome, sparkling varnish, plush interior, high-tech dashboard, graceful bodywork, this is what ARRIMA looks like!

The test prototypes that were announced to us a few years ago already gave us a vague idea of what was waiting for us. Was it a vague replica of the federal model Entrée Express? As in the automotive industry, when vehicle design takes on a rounded trend, all models start to look like eggs.

And of course, ARRIMA is “designed” on the Express Entry format but with a use that will also be modelled on the Atlantic Canada immigration pilot program that has meanwhile made its way into other more difficult provinces, let’s put it that way! The goal of the ARRIMA program is to allow employers to recruit their candidates; in other words, to kill two birds with one stone!

In short, the model that Quebec is going to put on the road will be a hybrid of Express Entry and Atlantic Immigration Program!

We have seen that the model that has been presented is very attractive yet, ARRIMA was announced already in August 2018 when the new Quebec Immigration Act was amended from top to bottom. The new CAQuiste government, because of its issues and election promises, delayed the opening of this selection system. We must not forget that ARRIMA is not an immigration program to obtain the CSQ but a selection system that allows applicants for permanent residence to Quebec to be invited to apply for the CSQ!

And to top it all off, this same law was recently modified by the implementation of Law 9, which has caused a lot of ink to flow in the press.

Let’s see now how the chassis of this magnificent “chariot” is! Our roads in Quebec are rough and you need to have a hell of a chassis to drive those miles to get a clean immigration file. Once again, it is not because you will be invited to take the road that you will arrive at your destination! The processing of your file will be rigorous, and you will have to provide all the documentation in the required format in a timely manner. If you don’t have your driver’s license for ARRIMA, it’s time to seriously consider it!

Also, next February, the platform will be adapted to integrate a section for employers who are looking for qualified workers to solve the labor shortage they have been facing for quite some time and which will not end anytime soon! These employers will be like car dealerships. They will be the ones to offer the models you can choose from: the Compact, the Convertible, the Wagon and also the All-terrain.

Certainly, my post today is written in a humorous tone. Am I being sarcastic? No, because I don’t see anything funny and even less that would lead to mockery. ARRIMA is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air and wake up our Quebec from its lethargy regarding immigration.

Jobs are plentiful, minds are warmed by the lack of manpower. Immigration is a serious manna to consider, ARRIMA will not solve everything but will be an all-terrain vehicle to absorb the different profiles that do not go through the PEQ for multiple reasons. But we will have to hear its engine, feel the smoothness of its brakes to appreciate its operation.

ARRIMA is only just being run in, so adjustments will also be foreseeable, including the length of time it will take to process a complete application between the time the CSQ starts processing it and the time permanent residence is obtained at the federal level! In the meantime, the employer will still have to recruit temporary foreign workers where the work permit remains the most efficient way to ride in Quebec! It’s a bicycle compared to our ARRIMA machine but it’s the one that still rides without too much hassle!

Selin Deravedisyan-Adam CRIC

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Selin Deravedisyan-Adam Cofondatrice Directrice de l’immigration et experte-conseil en mobilité internationale

Selin Deravedisyan-Adam


Director of Immigration and International Mobility Consultant

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514 903 9959 or
418 476 8381 #312

Selin’s career profile

A pioneer and passionate practitioner, Selin has dedicated her career to international mobility since 1993. Her extensive expertise and excellent reputation are rooted in her family history. As an immigrant herself, she moved from Turkey to France and later from France to Quebec. She was rapidly immersed in an administrative role, social work and linguistics that are specific to professionals who support immigration.

Married in France at the age of 20 to Christian, co-founder of PHOENIX-GMI, she moved to Sherbrooke in Quebec alongside her family in 1999. Later, she collaborated with the University of Sherbrooke’s Entrepreneurship Institute and was invited by the Ministry of Education to teach courses on how to start a business. At the same time, she developed her own company in international mobility, which became PHOENIX-GMI in 2013.

In 2008, Selin became a regulated Canadian immigration consultant and eventually obtained her license for the province of Quebec. She positioned herself as a reference in terms of statuses based on work permits both in Quebec and in Canada. Quebec International, a para-governmental organization working in the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches region, hired her as an expert consultant, trainer, participant in consultation tables and strategic development agent with its members.

In 2018, she was elected President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants for the Quebec region. This new position brought her to work directly with federal and provincial immigration authorities while ensuring that the profession was ethically and effectively represented.

These days, she is continuously motivating her team towards excellence in international recruitment and immigration services, all the while realizing her life ambition of helping people from all over the world to experience a smooth and peaceful immigration and integration into Quebec society.

Christian H. Adam Cofondateur Directeur général et responsable du recrutement international

Christian H. Adam


Managing Director and Head of International Recruitment

514 903 9959 or
418 476 8381 #311

Christian’s profile

Christian’s career path has been remarkable. As a student of Armenian origin, he emigrated from Turkey to France where he pursued studies in chemical engineering. After a few years in the rubber industry, he gained great expertise in the field, started managing laboratories while traveling through Europe. He diversified his activities towards related sectors: automotive, military equipment and health.

In the troubled context of the Kosovo war in 1999 – a conflict which had repercussions throughout the whole of Europe – he chose to immigrate to Quebec with Selin, his wife (and the firm’s co-founder), as well as their children. There he started managing the research and development laboratories of two Sherbrooke-based companies, considered as leaders in the polymer industry. At the same time, he learned about human resources management and personnel administration in a unionized environment. Along with this flourishing career, he developed multicultural approaches then adapted them to specialized training in business launches and coaching of new immigrants.

Committed to support international mobility, Christian cofounded PHOENIX-GMI in 2013 and simultaneously launched a consulting firm in the rubber industry. From this moment onwards, he was solicited by clients throughout Quebec to oversee the recruitment of foreign candidates in various positions, ranging from production to product finishing and quality control measures.

These days, Christian works as an intercultural mediator. Excelling at implementing international recruitment solutions, he allows companies throughout Quebec to address their labor shortage problems, while helping many qualified foreign workers realize their dream of immigrating to Canada.