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After obtaining the CSQ

Continuation of studies

If you have obtained a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate) under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) – Québec Graduates and wish to continue your studies instead of entering the workforce, your Certificat de sélection du Québec could be revoked and you may have to give up your plan for permanent residence.

Keep in mind that issuance of a Certificat de sélection du Québec is based in part on your intention to settle in Québec in order to work as a skilled worker upon completion of your study program.

If you decide to continue your studies, you will have to submit a new application for temporary selection to obtain a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Québec acceptance certificate).

Temporary work permit

The Certificat de sélection du Québec does not grant you permanent residence in Canada. To work and live in Canada legally, you must obtain a temporary work permit.

If you are a Québec graduate from a secondary or post-secondary educational institution, you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

For eligibility requirements for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, visit the Immigration and Citizenship Canada website.

IMPORTANT
Individuals in the skilled worker class who hold a Certificat de sélection du Québec and reside in Québec do not have to submit an application for temporary selection to extend or renew their work permit. Furthermore, the employer is exempt from the requirement to conduct a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

In order for the employer to be granted this exemption, your work permit application must be accompanied by a copy of your Certificat de sélection du Québec and your offer of employment to work in Québec.

Holders of a Certificat de sélection du Québec who are eligible for the LMIA exemption may be:

  • Individuals who have graduated in Québec, have obtained a post-graduation work permit and hold a valid job offer from an employer in Québec
  • Temporary foreign workers who wish to extend their work permit for the job they currently hold or who wish to renew it to take a job offered by another employer in Québec
  • Participants in one of the components of the International Experience Canada program (Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op) who hold a work permit and wish to extend their permit for the job they currently hold or who wish to renew it to take a job offered by another employer in Québec

In addition, a spouse or de facto spouse who accompanies a principal applicant may obtain an open work permit allowing him or her to hold a job.

For more information, visit the Immigration and Citizenship Canada website.


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