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If you would like to stay in Québec permanently after your studies, you first have to get a Certificat de sélection du Québec [Québec selection certificate] (CSQ) from the Québec government Then, you have to apply for permanent residence with the Canadian government.

At the same time, if you would like to stay in Canada until you become a permanent resident, you have to make sure that you maintain a valid temporary status. Generally, you can do this by getting a post-graduation work permit.

If your post-graduation work permit expires and you are still waiting to become a permanent resident, you will need to get a new work permit if you want to stay in Canada. If you have your CSQ and are waiting to become a permanent resident, consider these two options:

  • Closed work permit—You must reside in Québec and have:
    • a valid work permit (or be eligible for restoration of status)
    • a CSQ
    • a valid job offer (the employer must have paid the $230 employer compliance fee)
  • Bridging open work permit—You must reside in Québec and have:
    • a valid work permit (or be eligible for restoration of status)
    • a CSQ for Quebec Skilled Worker
    • the acknowledgement letter for your application for permanent residence showing that your application is complete (the temporary acknowledgement letter is not valid); you must be the principal applicant

Québec Selection Certificate

Getting a CSQ is the first step towards getting permanent residence to settle in Québec. In the economic immigration programs, you can get it through the Programme de l’expérience québécoise [Québec experience program] (PEQ), through the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP), or through pilot programs.

Once issued, a CSQ is valid for two years and cannot be renewed. You have to apply for permanent residence during the two-year period that your CSQ is valid. After you apply, if your CSQ expires while your application for permanent residence is being processed, that will not have any impact on you.

The Québec experience program (PEQ) is an accelerated and streamlined permanent selection program for skilled workers wanting to get a CSQ. It has two streams: Québec Graduate and Temporary Foreign Worker. The PEQ for graduate is open to people who have obtained an eligible Québec diploma (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD) and who have been employed in Québec in a skilled job for 12 months after the end of their study program. (Other conditions apply; see details below.) The PEQ for worker is open to temporary workers who have been employed in Québec in a skilled job for 24 months. (Other conditions apply; see details below.) The PEQ for temporary foreign workers may be open to spouses of students with an open work permit. 

The Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) includes an assessment of your social and professional characteristics based on nine factors. This program is intended for anyone who wants to settle in Québec to work. This program has two steps: you submit an expression of interest; then, if you receive an invitation, you submit your application for selection. While you wait until you meet the PEQ criteria, you could also submit your expression of interest for this program in the hope of receiving an invitation to apply. This will not conflict with any CSQ application through the PEQ.

Depending on your field of study, pilot programs may be of interest to you. The “artificial intelligence” stream of the permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors has certain requirements that make it ideal for Québec graduates.

Family

You can include your immediate family (partner, spouse, and/or dependent children) in your CSQ and permanent residence applications, whether they live in Canada or not.

Applying for permanent residence (Canada)

Applying for permanent residence in Canada is the second step in obtaining legal authorization to stay in the country as a permanent resident. You must have received your Québec selection certificate (CSQ) from the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) before you can start this process.

There are a number of Canadian immigration programs. If you want to live in the province of Québec, you must apply under the Québec-selected skilled workers program.

The Immigration section of this website is intended to provide general information on current procedures, which may change at any time without notice. The laws and regulations in force in Québec and Canada, as well as the websites of Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration [Québec’s ministry of immigration, francisation, and integration] (MIFI) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), take precedence over this page.

Last updated on: 2022-05-06