After obtaining the CSQ
Following decisions by the government and the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities effective August 1, 2013, some modifications have been made to immigration rules and procedures.
If you have obtained a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - Québec selection certificate) under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ - Québec experience program) – Québec graduate and wish to pursue your studies instead of entering the labour market, your CSQ could be revoked and you may be required to abandon your plan for permanent residence.
Keep in mind that you were issued a CSQ based on your intention to enter the labour market once you completed your study program.
If you decide to pursue your studies, you must submit a new application for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Québec certificate of acceptance).
The CSQ does not grant you immigration status in Canada. If you wish to work, you must obtain a work permit.
If you are a student and you have obtained a diploma from a secondary or post-secondary educational institution, you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
To learn the eligibility conditions for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, visit the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
In order for the employer to be granted this exemption, your application for a work permit must be accompanied by a copy of your CSQ andyour offer of employment to work in Québec.
CSQ holders who are eligible for the LMO exemption can be:
Moreover, spouses or de facto spouses who accompany the principal applicant can obtain an open work permit that will allow them to hold a job.
For more information, visit the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.