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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a foreign student interested in settling in Québec permanently?

If you have not already done so, first find out which immigration program is best suited to your situation by completing the Self-assessment questionnaire.

Then, read the FAQs below to learn more about the steps to take to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate – CSQ) under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program – PEQ) or the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

Programme de l'expérience québécoise (Québec experience program - PEQ)

  1. Documents required
  2. Timeframes and expiry dates
  3. Knowledge of French
  4. Financial resources
  5. Spouse and children
  6. Immigration representatives
  7. Special circumstances
  8. Changing programs

 

Regular skilled workers program

  1. Documents required
  2. Timeframe and expiry dates
  3. Knowledge of French
  4. Financial resources
  5. Work experience and job offers
  6. Spouse and children
  7. Immigration representatives
  8. Special circumstances
  9. Changing programs

 

Programme de l'expérience québécoise (Québec experience program - PEQ)

1. Documents required

What documents are required to prove that the academic portion of my in study program has been completed?
To prove that the academic portion of your study program has been completed, you must enclose two documents:

  • your final transcript (the original or a certified true copy issued by the registrar’s office of your educational institution);

And one of the following documents:

  • your diploma (certified true copy from the issuing authority);
  • a certificate of achievement issued by the registrar’s office of your educational institution (the original or a certified true copy).

What documents do I have to present to prove that I completed at least three years of secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French abroad?
To prove that you completed at least three years of secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French abroad, you must present the following document:

  • your final transcript (the original or a certified true copy) attesting to the completion of at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French (including the master’s thesis or doctoral thesis, if applicable).

If the national language of instruction is not exclusively French, you must also provide the following document:

  • a certificate from the issuing educational institution (original or certified true copy) indicating the duration of the study program and the language of instruction.

The certified true copies must come from a recognized authority. Consult the List of recognized authorities in your country.

2. Timeframes and expiry dates (for applications submitted under the PEQ)

I submitted my application for a CSQ before I obtained my diploma. What happens if I do not present my documents proving completion of my studies within six months following submission of my application?
When you submit your application, you will receive a letter informing you that your application has been suspended for a period of six months (the expiry date of the timeframe is clearly indicated in the letter). If there is no response from you upon the expiry of the timeframe, the Ministère will close your file without further notice. You will be able to submit another application, but you will have to pay the administrative fees again.

If my Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Québec Acceptance Certificate – CAQ) and my study permit expire while my CSQ application is being processed, do I have to renew them?
It depends on your plans once your CAQ and study permit have expired:

  • If your studies extend beyond the expiry date of your CAQ for studies, you will have to submit a new application for a CAQ for studies. We recommend that you submit this application at least three months before the expiry date of your work permit.
  • If you successfully completed your study program, you may be authorized to hold a job, under certain conditions. However, you must obtain a work permit first.

If I took a B2-level French course at the beginning of my study program, will it still be valid when I submit my CSQ application?
Your marks must date back less than two years from the time of submission of your application.

3. Knowledge of French

Can I receive assistance (financial or other) from the  Ministère to learn French?
If you have already attained the intermediary level in French, you can take advantage, free of charge, of the self-learning format (without a tutor and with self-learning exercises) offered by the online francization service (FEL).

What documents do I have to present to prove that I completed at least three years of secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French abroad?
To prove that you completed at least three years of secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French abroad, you must present the following document:

  • your final transcript (the original or a certified true copy) attesting to the completion of at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies entirely in French (including the master’s thesis or doctoral thesis, if applicable).

If the national language of instruction is not exclusively French, you must also provide the following document: 

  • a certificate from the issuing educational institution (original or certified true copy) indicating the duration of the study program and the language of instruction.

The certified true copies must come from a recognized authority. Consult the List of recognized authorities in your country.

If I took a B2-level French course at the beginning of my study program, will it still be valid when I submit my CSQ application under the PEQ?
Your marks must date back less than two years from the time of submission of your application.

Are French courses completed in private language schools in Québec accepted?
No, French courses completed in private language schools in Québec are not accepted. Only transcripts issued by a Québec university or by an educational institution recognized by the  Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur are accepted, provided that they attest to the successful completion of an advanced intermediate level French course included on the list of French courses eligible under the PEQ:

 

If I successfully complete a secondary-level French course on the list of admissible courses, will I have met the language requirement for the PEQ?
The list of secondary-level French courses recognized as level 7 or more on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes is available online, in Appendix 1 of the Guide des procédures d’immigration (GPI) relatif au PEQ(??TN:French only?) (component 3, chapter 4). However, note that the Ministère has the right to hold interviews to verify your level of French in accordance with the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals.

4. Financial resources

How much money do I need to meet my needs (and those of my family) for three months?
The Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency is a judicial act in which you agree to meet your essential needs and, if applicable, the needs of the people who are accompanying you to Québec, namely, your spouse or common-law spouse and your dependent children, including those who already have Canadian citizenship. The duration of the contract is three months and ends on the date you obtain permanent residence.

The scales in force are provided on the form Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency.

5. Spouse and children

Can I include my spouse or common-law spouse and my children in my CSQ application?
Yes, absolutely. You must fill out only one CSQ application for you and your family members, even if they are not accompanying you.

If I obtained a CSQ, can I submit an application for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) for my child?
Yes, you can submit a CAQ application for your child provided that you have not yet become a permanent resident.

6. Immigration representative

Is it recommended to retain the services of an immigration lawyer or immigration consultant?

Before retaining the services of an immigration consultant or any other remunerated person, you need to know that applications submitted by a representative do not receive any priority or special processing. Therefore, it is not necessary to hire the services of a remunerated person to start your immigration process.

However, if you decide to hire the services of a remunerated person, you must know that only the following are authorized to represent you before the Ministère:


7. Special circumstances (PEQ)

Can I submit my CSQ application if I am not a full-time student?
In order to be allowed to submit a CSQ application, you have to have lived in Québec temporarily for the main purpose of studying there full time and have respected the conditions of your stay.

The only periods during which you do not have to be studying full time: holidays (end of December – beginning January), summertime (when you cannot take any courses) and during your last semester, if you are only missing a few courses to obtain your diploma.

If my study program includes one or more semesters in another Canadian university (outside Québec), can I submit a CSQ application?
To be admissible, you must have lived in Québec for at least half of the duration of your study program.

Will my CSQ be cancelled if I enrol in another study program in Québec or Canada before obtaining permanent residence?
The Ministère will contact you to find out if you would like to pursue your application for permanent residence or you would like to go back to school. If you wish to go back to school, your CSQ will be cancelled. If you wish to submit a new application later on, you must submit a new file and pay the fees for reviewing your application.

If you decide to pursue your studies, you must submit a new application for a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies.

Why are some people called to an interview when applications are supposed to be processed on the basis of the file submitted?
To ensure the integrity of its immigration programs, the Ministère may verify certain files under the PEQ. Candidates can be called to an interview in order to carry out certain verifications, such as their knowledge of French. The Ministère can then be sure to select candidates who will be able to integrate into the job market or who have already started their socioprofessional integration to Québec, in particular, because of their sufficient knowledge of French for the PEQ.

8. Changing programs

If I am not accepted to the PEQ, can I submit my application under the RSWP?
If you are not admitted to the PEQ, you may, under certain conditions, submit an application free of charge to the Regular Skilled Worker Progam during the 6 months following the rejection of your PEQ application.  

Will I have to pay the fees again if I change programs?
If you are asked to submit your CSQ application under the RSWP instead of the PEQ, you will not have to pay the fees again.

Can I submit my CSQ application if I am thinking about enrolling in another study program after the one I am currently enrolled or the one I have just completed?
If you submit a CSQ application, it means that you plan to settle in Québec in order to hold a job. If you have decided to enrol in a study program, you cannot submit a CSQ application as a skilled worker.  

Will my CSQ be cancelled if I enrol in another study program in Québec or Canada before obtaining my permanent residence?
The Ministère will contact you to find out if you would like to pursue your application for permanent residence or you would like to go back to school. If you want to go back to school, your CSQ will be cancelled. If you wish to submit a new application later on, you must submit a new file and pay the fees for reviewing your application.

If you decide to pursue your studies, you must submit a new application for a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies.

Regular skilled worker program

1. Documents required

What documents do I have to present to obtain recognition of the experience I acquired in my country of origin?
If your online CSQ application meets the conditions of the preliminary review, a personalized list of the documents required will be deposited to your Mon projet Québec.

2. Timeframes and deadlines

What are the processing times for the RSWP when submitting an application in Québec?
Processing times cannot be determined accurately.They vary according to the following factors:

  • Selection objectives by geographic pool and immigration category
  • Volume of applications
  • International context
  • Conformity of the documents  submitted
  • The time it takes for you to respond to any request by the Ministère
  • Waiting for proof of your French proficiency
  • A notice of appointment for a selection interview

If my master’s degree does not include a thesis, when can I submit my application for a CSQ under the RSWP?       
You can submit your application via Mon projet Québec once you have completed at least half your study program.

If I do not know the estimated time for my master’s thesis or my doctoral dissertation, can I still submit my application under the RSWP once I have completed the courses for my master’s or doctoral program?
You can submit your application via Mon projet Québec as soon as you have completed at least half of your study program.

If my Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and my study permit expire while my CSQ application submitted under the RSWP is being processed, do I have to renew them?
This depends on your plans once your CAP and study permit have expired:

  • If your studies extend beyond the expiry date of your CAQ for studies, you must submit a new application for a CAQ for studies. We recommend that you submit this application at least three months before the expiry date of your study permit.
  • If you have successfully completed your study program, you could be authorized to hold a job, under certain conditions. However, you must obtain a work permit first.

 Can I submit a CSQ application if I plan to enrol in a study program other than the one I am currently enrolled in or the one I just completed?
If you submit a CSQ application, this means that you are planning to settle to Québec and find a job. If you have made a decision to enrol in a new study program, you cannot submit a CSQ application as a skilled worker.

Will my CSQ be cancelled if I enrol in another study program in Québec or in Canada before receiving my permanent residence?
The Ministère will contact you to find out if you would like to pursue your application for permanent residence or if you wish to go back to school. If you do wish to go back to school, your CSQ will be cancelled. If you then wish to submit a new application, you must submit a new file and pay the fees for reviewing your file.

3. Language knowledge

Can I receive assistance (financial or other) from the  Ministère to learn French?
If you have already attained the intermediary level in French, you can take advantage of the free of charge of the self-learning format (without a tutor and with self-learning exercises) offered by the online francization
service (FEL).

Is the French test valid for a limited period in order for me to be admissible at the time of submission of my CSQ application?
The results of the language knowledge tests recognized by the Ministère must date back less than two ?? at the time the application is submitted.

Are the TOEFL English tests accepted under the RSWP?
No, the TOEFL is not accepted. The only English assessment test recognized by the Ministère is the (International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

You will find the updated list of the certified centres on the website of the International English Language Testing System.

Why is Mon projet Québec in French only?
Mon projet Québec is available in French only since anyone who submits a file has sufficient knowledge of the language.

The user guides that explain how to create an account in Mon projet Québec and how to fill out an immigration application are also available in English in the section “Useful documents” in the secured space of Mon project Québec.

4. Financial resources

How much money do I need to meet my needs (and those of my family) for three months?
The Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency is a judicial act in which you agree to meet your essential needs and, if applicable, the needs of the people who are accompanying to Québec, namely, your spouse or common-law spouse and your dependent children, including those who already have Canadian citizenship. The duration of the contract is three months and ends on the date you obtain permanent residence.

The scales in force are provided on the form Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency.

5. Work experience and job offers

Is the work experience I acquired in Québec during my studies taken into account in the selection grid?
Your work experience acquired in Québec during your studies could be recognized, provided that it was acquired:

The “D-level” professions are jobs that generally require on-the-job training or jobs that do not required any particular education (for example: a job in a fast food restaurant).

Work experience can be acquired part time or full time in remunerated jobs.

Internships, remunerated or non-remunerated, during education, training or a specialization that leads to a diploma are legally recognized as professional experience.

If I worked part time (20 hours/week), will this experience be taken into account?
The work experience you acquired during part-time work can be recognized, provided that it was acquired:

  • legally in Québec or abroad, during the five years preceding the date of submission of your CSQ application;  
  • in a profession with a skill level above “D” according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
     

The “D-level” professions are manual jobs that generally require on-the-job training or jobs that require no particular education (for example: a job in a fast-food restaurant).

Internships are considering work experience under the RSWP?
Internships, remunerated or non-remunerated, during education, training or a specialization that leads to a diploma are legally recognized as professional experience, provided that it was acquired:

  • legally in Québec or abroad, during the five years preceding the date of submission of your CSQ application;  
  • in a profession with a skill level above “D” according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The “D-level” professions are manual jobs that generally require on-the-job training or jobs that require no particular education (for example: a job in a fast-food restaurant).

Can my post-doctoral work experience be taken into account in the “temporary foreign worker” component of the PEQ?
To be taken into account in the “temporary foreign worker” component of the PEQ, post-doctoral experience must meet the PEQ conditions that apply to worker candidates.

Is there any work experience that is not recognized in the selection grid?
Work experience is not recognized if it:

  • was not acquired legally in Québec or abroad, during the five years preceding the date of submission of your CSQ application;  
  • was acquired a profession with a skill level above “D” according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The “D-level” professions are manual jobs that generally require on-the-job training or jobs that require no particular education (for example: a job in a fast-food restaurant).

What do I have to do to obtain points for the “validated job offer” factor?
A foreign worker who has a job offer validated by the Ministère from a Québec employer can obtain additional points for the “validated job offer” factor during the selection process. To be admissible, the employer and the worker must meet several conditions and follow the steps indicated on the page www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/fr/employeurs/embaucher-permanent/demande/index.html (Content not available in English).

6. Spouse and children

How can I prove that I am really a common-law spouse?
These are some of the documents that can prove a common-law union:

  • proof of shared ownership of a residential property;
  • joint leases or rental agreements;
  • bills of shared utility accounts, such as:
      • electricity,
      • gas,
      • telephone,
      • joint public utility accounts;
  • important documents for both of you showing the same address, such as:
      • driver's licences,
      • insurance policies,
      • identification documents.

Can I include my spouse or common-law spouse and my children in my application for a CSQ under the RSWP?
You must indicate your spouse or common-law spouse, as well as your dependent children, regardless of whether or not they will be accompanying you, in a single CSQ application.

If I obtained a CSQ under the RSWP, can I submit an application for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) for my child?
Yes. You must submit an application for a CAQ for your child, provided that you have not yet become a permanent resident.

7. Immigration representatives

Is it recommended that I use the services of an immigration lawyer or consultant?
No priority or special processing is given to an application submitted by a representative. Therefore, it is not necessary to retain the services of a paid individual to undertake your immigration process.

However, if you decide to use the paid services of an individual, first consult the page Retaining the paid services of an individual.

8. Special circumstances

If my program of study includes one or two semesters in another Canadian university (outside Québec), am I eligible to apply for a CSQ?
To be eligible, you must have resided in Québec for at least half of the duration of your program of study.

Can I submit my application for a CSQ under the RSWP if I am not a full-time student?
No. To be eligible under the RSWP, you must have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your program of study (except during holidays [end December–beginning January], the summer period and during the last semester of your program, if only a few courses remain to obtain your diploma).

9. Changing programs

Can I submit my application under the RSWP and then subsequently decide to change programs once I have obtained my diploma?
If no decision has been rendered in the processing of your application under the RSWP, you can ask that your file be processed under the PEQ. No additional processing fees will be charged.

Do I have to pay the fees again if I change programs?
If you request a change of program so that you can submit your application under the PEQ instead of the RSWP, no additional processing fees will be charged.

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