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After obtaining the CSQ

Continuation of studies

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).

Work permit

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.

IMPORTANT
Individuals in the skilled worker class who hold a CSQ and who reside in Québec do not have to obtain a new CAQ to prolong or renew their work permit and the employer is exempt from the responsibility of applying for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).

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:

  • foreign students who obtained a post-graduation work permit and hold a valid job offer from a Québec employer;
  • temporary workers who wish to prolong the duration of their work permit for the job they currently hold or to renew it in order to hold a job offered by another Québec employer;
  • participants in one of the programs of International Experience Canada (Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op) who hold a work permit and who wish to prolong the duration of their permit for the job they currently hold or to renew it in order to hold a job offered by another Québec employer.

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.

 

 

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