QUEBEC IMMIGRATION

Quebec is Canada’s second most populous province and its largest city, Montreal, is one of the most diverse and fascinating cities in the country. Montreal is a business and industrial centre and a hub for Canada’s burgeoning IT and AI sectors. World-renowned companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Ubisoft, CGI, Air Canada and Element AI are headquartered in Montreal.
The Quebec Selection Certificate, or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) is a document issued by MIFI that confirms an applicant has been selected for immigration to Quebec. Immigration candidates who are issued a CSQ can then apply for permanent resident status with Canada’s federal government.

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WHAT ARE QUEBEC'S ECONOMIC IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS?

Foreign nationals who are interested in settling in Quebec may be invited to apply for a CSQ through one of the following economic immigration categories.

QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM (QSWP)

Skilled Worker applicants who intend to reside in Montreal or in another city or region within the province of Quebec are assessed under a different system than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada.

Skilled Workers or international graduates in Quebec may apply to immigrate to Quebec under what the Government of Quebec calls its 'Regular Skilled Worker Program', also known as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), or the Quebec Experience Program — PEQ.

QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Applicants who are successful under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) and can then apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will conduct a medical and criminal background check as part of its approval process.
In order to qualify for a CSQ, you must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection factors described below. A single (unmarried) applicant must score at least 50 points based on this system, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 59 points.

SELECTION FACTORS

The Quebec Immigration selection factors may be summarized as follows:

FactorsPoints

  • EducationUp to 14 points (Cutoff Score = 2 points)

  • Area Of TrainingUp to 12 points

  • Validated Employment OfferUp to 14 points

  • Work ExperienceUp to 8 points

  • AgeUp to 16 points

  • Language ProficiencyUp to 22 points

  • Stay And Family In QuebecUp to 8 points

  • Spouse/Common-law partner CharacteristicsUp to 17 points

  • Presence Of Accompanying ChildrenUp to 8 points

  • Financial Self-Sufficiency1 point

Many of the documents required in order to apply for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program must be certified true copies.

Language test results must be submitted along with immigration applications to be awarded points for language proficiency.​

 

QUEBEC EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (PROGRAMME DE L’EXPÉRIENCE QUÉBÉCOISE (PEQ))

If you have studied or worked in the province of Quebec, you may be eligible to immigrate under this fast-track Canadian immigration program.

APPLY UNDER THE PEQ AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Foreign students who have studied in Quebec may be eligible to apply for a CSQ under the PEQ if they:

  • show an intention to settle in Quebec to hold a job;

  • have stayed temporarily in Quebec for the purposes of study;

  • have obtained an eligible degree or diploma from an educational institution recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education within the past 36 months;

  • have studied in Quebec for at least 1,800 hours (two years)

  • hold a Masters, Bachelors or DEC diploma and have 12 months of work experience in a 0, A, B level job and to hold such a job at the time of application 

  • hold a DEP and have 18 months of work experience in a 0, A, B or C level job and required to hold such a job at the time of application. Please note that C level work must be related to the degree. 

    NOTE: Work experience acquired during mandatory internships will be taken into account up to a maximum of 3 months.

Language requirements

  • show a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study completed entirely in French (including the master’s and doctoral theses, if applicable); or

  • a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of a study program in Québec completed entirely in French (including the master’s and doctoral theses, if applicable); or

  • prove French ability by way of a standardized language test recognized by the Government of Quebec; or

  • show that they have satisfied the French language requirements of the professional order governing their occupation in Quebec.

           NOTE: Spouses of principal applicants under the PEQ will need to demonstrate spoken knowledge of French. This requirement will come into effect on July 22, 2021.

The Government of Quebec will not issue a CSQ until the applicant submits a complete transcript and an attestation of successful completion of diploma. 

NEWS UPDATE

On July 9, the Government of Quebec announced it will be making changes to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ). The changes took effect on July 22, 2020. This page has been updated to reflect the new regulation. 



The processing standard of 20 days has changed to a maximum of 6 months.

Transitional measures have been implemented, and are as follows:

- International student PEQ applications submitted before or on July 21, 2020, will be processed under the rules in place at that time.

- International students who obtain a diploma before January 1, 2021, will be assessed under rules previously in place.

- Foreign worker PEQ files will be processed under the previous rules provided candidates had a valid work permit, work authorization and were already in Quebec before or on July 21, 2020. This means that C and D levels jobs would be accepted and only 12 months of full-time experience required. 


- International students and foreign workers who have already registered, completed, or are attending a French course before the new regulation takes place will be able to have their French proficiency assessed under the previous rules (i.e. the language course will be accepted as proof of French proficiency).

APPLY UNDER THE PEQ AS A TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER

Temporary Foreign Workers in Quebec may be eligible to apply for a CSQ under the PEQ if they:

  • show an intention to settle in Quebec to hold a job;

  • have stayed temporarily in Quebec for the purposes of work;

  • have had full-time work experience in Quebec for at least 24 months of the 36 months preceding the submission of an application in a 0, A or B level job;

  • have legal status in Quebec as a temporary worker or as part of a youth exchange program, such as International Experience Canada (IEC) (Working Holiday, Young Professionals or International Co-op Internship). 

  • are employed at the time of the application.

Language requirements

  • prove French ability by way of a standardized language test recognized by the Government of Quebec; or

  • show a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study completed entirely in French (including the master’s and doctoral theses, if applicable); or

  • show that they have satisfied the French language requirements of the professional order governing their occupation in Quebec.

          NOTE: Spouses of principal applicants under the PEQ will need to demonstrate spoken knowledge of French. This requirement will come into effect on July 22, 2021.

Full-time work experience for the PEQ

The MIFI considers a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week as full-time employment. Full-time work experience acquired as an international student while on a Post-Graduation Work Permit or under a Youth Exchange/International Experience Canada (IEC) Program may be taken into account if the applicant meets all PEQ requirements. MIFI will not consider any period of part-time work, self-employment, or entrepreneurial work under the PEQ. 

Quebec immigration authorities expect the assessment of applications under the PEQ to be completed on a fast-track basis.