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Applications for the spouse

Work permit

If you have been hired to hold a skilled job (skill level of the job corresponding to 0, A or B according to the National Occupational Classification), your spouse may also apply for an open work permit to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This work permit is exempt from the requirement of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and from obtaining the Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Québec Acceptance Certificate - CAQ). Go to the IRCC website to learn the conditions and the process for obtaining an open work permit for de facto spouses of skilled workers.

If you were hired to hold a low-skilled job (skill level of the job corresponding to C or D according to the National Occupational Classification), your spouse may apply for a work permit to come work in Québec if he or she is eligible for another LMIA exemption or has found an employer willing to hire your spouse and follow the immigration process under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. In this last case, your spouse’s employer will have to obtain a positive or neutral LMIA from Service Canada and a CAQ from the Ministère. If applicable, your spouse will obtain a CAQ and subsequently will have to obtain a work permit.

For more information on the process reserved for the spouse of a low-skilled temporary foreign worker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, go to the section Obtaining the authorizations to work temporarily in Québec.

 

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If you are a resident of the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and you are submitting an application for a work permit at a Canadian point of entry, your spouse may also submit an application at the point of entry or once you have arrived.
 
     

 

Part-time or full-time studies

If your spouse intends to undertake part-time or full-time studies, he or she may apply for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Québec Acceptance Certificate) from the Ministère and apply for a study permit from the Government of Canada. The tuition fees your spouse must pay could be the same as those charged to Québec students. To learn the conditions and the process for studying in Québec, go to the Foreign students section.

 

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Application for a Québec Acceptance Certificate for Temporary Work
Application for a Québec Acceptance Certificate for Studies
French language (Learning French in Québec)

 

 

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