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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
    • the acknowledgement letter for your application for permanent residence showing that your application is complete; 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.

Application fees

  • $822 for the graduate
  • $176 for the spouse or common law partner accompanying the graduate and for each dependent child

Fees in effect as of January 1, 2021. They may be modified without notice. You must pay the fees by credit card and online through the Arrima platform when you submit your application.


Processing time

The processing time is approximately 6 months.

Québec experience program (PEQ) applications must be completed entirely online through the Arrima platform. This involves submitting the application form and supporting documents as well as paying the processing fees all online.

To learn more about the Arrima platform so you can apply for a CSQ through the PEQ, we encourage you to visit the following sites:

Here are a few more details: 

  • If you already have an Arrima account, you can use that account. 
  • All documents must have a handwritten signature. Print and sign the application form for permanent selection with a pen, and scan it so you can submit it. 
  • Provide scanned documents ​​​​​​​in color.
  • Some apps, such as Genius Scan, let you scan documents using a smartphone or tablet. 
  • Make only one PDF file for each type of document that is requested. 

At any time while MIFI is assessing your application, it may ask you for the original or certified true copy of documents you sent in. So it is important to have the original or certified true copy of documents in your possession. 

Main eligibility requirements

At the time you apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 and planning to settle in Québec to work.
  • Have fulfilled the requirements of your stay as an international student.
  • Hold a PEQ-eligible Québec diploma (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD) that you earned in the three years before you apply. Your Québec diploma is not PEQ-eligible if you completed over 50% of the study program outside Québec.
  • Be legally employed in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B job in Québec (see details below).
  • Have been employed in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B job in Québec (see details below) for at least 12 months after the end of your study program. If an (unpaid or paid) internship was  mandatory in your study program, it can count for up to 3 of the 12 months, as long as you did the internship in Québec and got a work permit to do so. An internship completed part-time can count based on its full-time equivalent.
  • Have advanced intermediate oral proficiency in French. If you did your study program entirely in French in Québec, you automatically meet this requirement. Be aware that if you submitted your thesis partially or totally in English, you must demonstrate your level of French by other means.
  • Partner/spouse included in the application must demonstrate a beginner to advanced level of proficiency in spoken French.
  • Have obtained an attestation of learning about democratic and Québec values within the time limit. If your partner/spouse and dependent children 18 years of age or older are included in your application, they also have to obtain an attestation. There are two ways to get the attestation:
    • Complete the online assessment. A few weeks or months after you submit your application for permanent selection, you will receive a message in your Arrima account inviting you to take the necessary steps to obtain it. As soon as you receive that message, you have 60 days to do the assessment.
    • Attend the Objectif Intégration information session (available through various places, including Option-travail and Centre R.I.R.E. 2000). You can attend the session before or after submitting your application for permanent selection. The attestation remains valid for two years.
  • Commit to providing for your basic needs (and those of your family if they are included in your application) for three months.

You are not eligible for the PEQ if:

  • You are on a scholarship that includes a clause stipulating that you return to your country, unless you have already fulfilled this condition.
  • You have started a new study program in Québec.

Université Laval documents to include with your application package are:

  • Proof-of-graduation documents. These 2 documents will be available on the dates indicated on the website of the Secretary General’s Office’s [in French only]. Please note that if you have any overdue balances on your Université Laval student account (tuition fees, unpaid rent, etc.), no official documents confirming the completion of your studies will be issued to you.
  • Proof that your thesis or memoir has been written in French: send an email to the Bureau du registraire at reg@reg.ulaval.ca. Include your full name and NI in the email. 
  • Letter stating the absence of a return to your native country clause : for the scholarship received from Université Laval, send an email to the Bureau des bourses et de l'aide financière at info@bbaf.ulaval.ca. Include your full name and NI in the email as well as a mention that you need this letter to apply to the PEQ.  
  • Internship letter: You must ask your program director for a letter stating your internship was a mandatory part of your study program and indicating the number of hours spent per week on the internship.

Form and additional information

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ –Québec experience program)
Application form
 

The PEQ for temporary workers may be open to others, including the spouses of international students with an open work permit.

Main eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 18 and planning to settle in Québec to work.
  • Have fulfilled the requirements of your stay.
  • Be legally employed in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B job in Québec (see details below).
  • Have been employed in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B job in Québec (see details below) for at least 24 of the last 36 months.
  • Have advanced intermediate oral proficiency in French.
  • Partner/spouse included in the application must demonstrate a beginner to advanced level of proficiency in spoken French.
  • Have obtained an attestation of learning about democratic and Québec values within the time limit. If your partner/spouse and dependent children 18 years of age or older are included in your application, they also have to obtain an attestation. There are two ways to get the attestation:
    • Complete the online assessment. A few weeks or months after you submit your application for permanent selection, you will receive an email with the necessary information. Keep an eye on your inbox and spam folder.
    • Attend the Objectif Intégration information session (available through various places, including Option-travail and Centre R.I.R.E. 2000). You can attend the session before or after submitting your application for permanent selection. The attestation remains valid for two years.
  • Commit to providing for your basic needs (and those of your family if they are included in your application) for three months.

Form and additional information
Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)
Application form
 

The Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) is intended for anyone who wants to settle in Québec to work. 

To apply to the RSWP, you first have to submit an expression of interest through Arrima. This step is free of charge. The expression of interest (EI) remains valid for one year.

Next, you may be invited to apply for a CSQ through the RSWP. You get awarded points based on various criteria. Fill out a self-assessment (in French only) to get an idea of your score. Points are given for certain criteria. Here are some examples:

  • Education: Level of education, field of training, and Québec diplomas; to be considered, you must have your diploma before submitting your expression of interest
  • Validated job offer (in French only)
  • Full-time occupation at the time of submitting your expression of interest
  • Work experience gained during the 5 years before the date you submitted your expression of interest; this includes paid or unpaid internships during your education; you will earn different points for work experience gained in Québec, elsewhere in Canada, or elsewhere in the world
  • Language proficiency: It is a good idea to take the MIFI recognized language tests before completing your expression of interest

There are regular draws inviting people to apply for a CSQ. To be considered, you have to first submit your expression of interest. Invitations are based on one or more criteria, such as a combination of your score and occupation or simply the fact that you have a validated job. The criteria used in the latest round of invitations are available on the MIFI website: Invitations.

After you submit an expression of interest, potential employers will be able to access your profile, which will have your identifying information removed from view. If they are interested in your skills, they will be able to make a request via Arrima to contact you and possibly offer you a job.

If you receive an invitation to apply, you have to submit your application and pay the fees through Mon projet Québec within 60 days. Next, you will have to provide the various documents needed to process your application, when MIFI asks you to do so. Your application will then be assessed based on several selection factors and criteria. The selection grid is not the same as the criteria and scoring used in assessing the expression of interest. Also, getting invited to apply for a CSQ does not necessarily mean you will get one.

A reform to the PEQ came into effect on July 22, 2020.

For university graduates, the main change in the reform was the addition of a 12 month skilled work experience requirement to be eligible to apply for a CSQ through the PEQ graduate program. Transitional measures allow students who completed their studies no later than the fall 2020 semester (December 31, 2020) to have their application for permanent selection processed based on the conditions that were in place before the reform.

For the PEQ temporary foreign worker program, the main changes in the reform were an increase in the length of the qualifying work experience from 12 to 24 months and the removal of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) C and D category jobs, which are no longer eligible. Transitional measures allow temporary foreign workers who held a valid work permit (or people who were otherwise authorized to work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations) and who were living in Québec on July 21, 2020, to have their application for permanent selection processed based on the conditions that were in place before the reform.

PEQ for graduates - before the July 22, 2020, reform

If you have completed all the requirements of your study program by the end of the fall 2020 semester, on or before December 31, 2020, your application for permanent selection will be processed based on the conditions that were in place before the July 22, 2020, reform. You can submit your CSQ application after December 31, 2020, once you have all the necessary documents. If you want to take advantage of the transitional measures, you have three years after the end of your studies to apply for a CSQ through the PEQ graduate stream if you have not undertaken any further studies. This means that, if you complete your studies in December 2020, you will have until December 2023 to submit your CSQ application.

Important: Depending on your situation, to have met all the requirements of your study program, you must have done the following:

  • Completed all your credits
  • Made the final submission for your dissertation or thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies*
  • Met the language requirements (level of English, etc.)
  • Met the requirements for conditional admission (for example, by providing transcripts and other documents needed for your offer of admission)
  • Obtained the required grade point average
  • Etc.

Main eligibility requirements

At the time you apply, you must:

  • Be at least 18 and planning to settle in Québec to work.
  • Have fulfilled the requirements of your stay as an international student.
  • Hold a PEQ-eligible Québec diploma (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD) that you earned in the three years before you apply. Your Québec diploma is not PEQ-eligible if you completed over 50% of the study program outside Québec.
  • Have advanced intermediate oral proficiency in French. If you did your study program entirely in French in Québec, you automatically meet this requirement. Be aware that if you submitted your thesis partially or totally in English, you must demonstrate your level of French by other means.
  • Have obtained an attestation of learning about democratic and Québec values within the time limit. If your partner/spouse and dependent children 18 years of age or older are included in your application, they also have to obtain an attestation. There are two ways to get the attestation:
    • Complete the online assessment. A few weeks or months after you submit your application for permanent selection, you will receive a message in your Arrima account inviting you to take the necessary steps to obtain it. As soon as you receive that message, you have 60 days to do the assessment.
    • Attend the Objectif Intégration information session (available through various places, including Option-travail and Centre R.I.R.E. 2000). You can attend the session before or after submitting your application for permanent selection. The attestation remains valid for two years.
  • Legally reside in Québec when you apply, if you are applying from within Québec.
  • Commit to providing for your basic needs (and those of your family if they are included in your application) for three months.

You are not eligible for the PEQ if:

  • You are on a scholarship that includes a clause stipulating that you return to your country, unless you have already fulfilled this condition.
  • You have started a new study program in Québec.

Université Laval documents to include with your application package:

  • Proof-of-graduation documents. These 2 documents will be available on the dates indicated on the website of the Secretary General’s Office’s [in French only]. Please note that if you have any overdue balances on your Université Laval student account (tuition fees, unpaid rent, etc.), no official documents confirming the completion of your studies will be issued to you.
  • Proof that your thesis or memoir has been written in French: send an email to the Bureau du registraire at reg@reg.ulaval.ca. Include your full name and NI in the email. 
  • Letter stating the absence of a return to your native country clause : for the scholarship received from Université Laval, send an email to the Bureau des bourses et de l'aide financière at info@bbaf.ulaval.ca. Include your full name and NI in the email as well as a mention that you need this letter to apply to the PEQ.  

Form and additional information

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ –Québec experience program)
Application form

PEQ for workers - before the July 22, 2020, reform

The PEQ for temporary workers may be open to others, including the spouses of international students with an open work permit.

If your spouse held a work permit (or was otherwise authorized to work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations) and was in Québec on July 21, 2020, their application for permanent selection can be processed based on the conditions that were in place before July 22, 2020.

Main eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 18 and planning to settle in Québec to work.
  • Have fulfilled the requirements of your stay.
  • Be legally employed in Québec.
  • Have been employed in Québec for at least 12 of the last 24 months.
  • Have advanced intermediate oral proficiency in French.
  • Have obtained an attestation of learning about democratic and Québec values within the time limit. If your partner/spouse and dependent children 18 years of age or older are included in your application, they also have to obtain an attestation. There are two ways to get the attestation:
    • Complete the online assessment. A few weeks or months after you submit your application for permanent selection, you will receive a message in your Arrima account inviting you to take the necessary steps to obtain it. As soon as you receive that message, you have 60 days to do the assessment.
    • Attend the Objectif Intégration information session (available through various places, including Option-travail and Centre R.I.R.E. 2000). You can attend the session before or after submitting your application for permanent selection. The attestation remains valid for two years.
  • Commit to providing for your basic needs (and those of your family if they are included in your application) for three months.

Form and additional information
Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)
Application form

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the national system that categorizes all occupational activities in Canada.

In the NOC, an occupation is defined as a set of jobs that are sufficiently similar in work performed that they can be grouped into a single unit group. In the NOC, it is the type of work and the tasks carried out that are assessed rather than the job title or salary.

The NOC matrix contains approximately 30,000 job titles gathered into 500 unit groups. Unit groups are organized according to skill levels and broad occupational categories.

Here are the NOC skill levels:

0 – Management occupations (Skill level A)
A – Usually requires university education
B – Usually requires college education, specialized training, or apprenticeship training
C – Usually requires secondary school or occupation-specific training
D – Usually requires on-the-job training

Here are the broad occupational categories:

1 – Business, finance, and administration occupations
2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
3 – Health occupations
4 – Occupations in education, law, and social, community, and government services
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport
6 – Sales and service occupations
7 – Trades, transport, and equipment operators and related occupations
8 – Natural resources, agriculture, and related production occupations
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Here are some examples of jobs under each skill level:

0 A B C D
  • Restaurant manager
  • Recreation director
  • Insurance manager
  • Engineer
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • Research professional
  • Lecturer
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Baker
  • Hairdresser and barber
  • Cook
  • Massage therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Bus/train driver
  • Personal support worker
  • Security guard
  • Server
  • Cashier
  • Labourer
  • Counterperson
  • Housekeeping attendant

 

«Unit groups» represent one or more occupation grouped together in the NOC under a single code because they share a great deal of similarity. They are classified according to skill levels and occupational categories. Each «unit group» has a four-digit code that you may be required to provide on your immigration applications. Also, each «unit group» provides a short description of the occupations (or occupation) that fall under it, lists the main tasks and employment requirements, and provides example titles.

 

Searching the NOC

To find out the «unit group» for a job, visit the National Occupational Classification website. You can search by job title; enter your job title. If no results appear, try other searches using similar job titles.

Next, select the «unit group» that seems to be most appropriate. Read through the entire job description to make sure that the description actually matches your job. The two most important things to consider when reading the job description are the lead statement (the description just below the title) and the main duties.

For your job to be considered part of an NOC unit group, you must carry out the tasks listed in the «lead statement» and a significant number of the «main duties» of the occupation. 

The «example titles» and «employment requirements» sections are also useful for helping you determine which «unit group» is appropriate for your job. However, these are not as important as the «lead statement» and «main duties» because a job assessment is mostly based on the tasks carried out.

If you read the «unit group» and determine that it does not correspond to your job, you can do the following:

  • Go back to the list of unit groups generated by the search engine.
  • Check the exclusions section at the bottom of the page for examples of similar occupations. 

If in doubt, we recommend that you talk to your employer about this. Your employer would know the exact definition of the tasks that you carry out and may be able to help you with this exercise.

Once you have determined which NOC «unit group» matches your tasks, you can consult the table on the right side of the page in the skill level section to see if the job is «skill level» A or B or if the broad occupational category in 0 – Management occupations. 

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.

For more information about the Québec-selected skilled workers program and the application package, consult the IRCC website.

Here are some recommendations for filling out the forms:

  • Complete all sections of the forms. If a section does not apply to your situation, write “not applicable” or “N/A”. Do not leave any sections empty.
  • If you need extra space to answer the questions in a section, make a sufficient number of photocopies of the section and include the sheets in your application package.
  • Any documents submitted in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by:
    • A French or English translation
    • A sworn statement by the translator
    • A certified true copy of the original document

Send your application package by registered mail or XpressPost to:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Québec-selected skilled workers
Centralized Intake Office
47–49 Dorchester St.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2, CANADA

  • Within 4 to 8 months after sending your application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application with your file number and instructions for communicating with the IRCC office processing your application.
  • Do not try to contact IRCC or send any other documents until you have received your confirmation of receipt and file number.
  • Once CIC has received your application, notify them of any:
    • Change of mailing address, telephone number, or email
    • Change in marital status (marriage, divorce, etc.)
    • Birth of a child outside Canada

You and your family members (children and spouse) — whether they are traveling with you or not —must undergo a medical exam in order to become permanent residents. IRCC will send you detailed instructions, including medical exam forms and a list of physicians in your area who are authorized to perform medical exams for immigration cases. Do not have a medical exam before submitting your application. The list of approved physicians is available at the IRCC website.

***Because of the pandemic, until Decembre 28, 2021, you may be exempt from this requirements.***

You must submit a valid police certificate or a certified criminal record check for each country, other than Canada, in which you or your family members have lived six or more consecutive months since the age of 18. The certificate must have been issued after your last period of residence in the country in question, and it is normally valid for one year.

Detailed, up-to-date information on how to get a police certificate from every country is available at the IRCC website.

 

Biometrics must be collected as part of an application for permanent residence, even if you have already given them to get a study or work permit. Instructions about this will be provided to you after your case file has been opened.

*** Because of the pandemic and the closure of several biometric collection service points, until further notice, if you have already given your biometrics for a (temporary or permanent) Canadian immigration application within the last 10 years, you are exempt from this requirement. ***

The processing fee is $825 for the principal applicant and their spouse and is $225 for dependent children. These fees must be included with your application (fees in effect on May 1st, 2020).

If your application is successful, you will need to pay the right of permanent residence fee. It is $500 for the principal applicant and their spouse (fees in effect on May 1st, 2020). You can choose to pay this fee at the beginning of your application or at the end.

The average processing time is 15 to 17 months. Processing times are updated quarterly on the IRCC website.

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: 2021-11-22