Publication of the draft reform of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) in the Gazette officielle du Québec
 
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Publication of the draft reform of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) in the Gazette officielle du Québec

The draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) was published on May 28, 2020 in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

The 30-day time period after which the government could adopt it ended on June 27, 2020. The Ministère is currently analysing the recommendations and comments received. Following that analysis, the draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation must be tabled by the Cabinet. If it is adopted, it will be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec. The Regulation will come into force on the date of that publication or any other subsequent date laid down therein.
 
Until the new Regulation is in force, the current PEQ selection criteria continue to apply. All applications received before the new Regulation comes into force will be processed according to the current criteria.

Do you have questions about the proposed changes to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)? Would you like to know more about the conditions that may apply to your situation?

This page provides details about the various proposed amendments contained in the draft regulation to amend the PEQ selection conditions based on different scenarios for temporary foreign workers and graduates.

Québec graduates

I have just started/I am registered in bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or technical college studies in an educational institution in Québec.

  • It is important to know that with the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible. You must fulfil the PEQ criteria, for instance, you graduated from an educational institution and have sufficient proficiency in French, that is, level 7, advanced intermediate. We are adding work experience to these criteria.
  • Twelve (12) months of full-time work experience will now be required for graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or technical college program who wish to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ. You must have obtained this experience within the 24 months preceding the application.
  • To obtain the required work experience, you must apply for a post-graduation work permit from the federal government after having received your diploma. For technical college, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies, this permit is valid for 36 months (3 years). This is the period during which you can accumulate your work experience.
  • Your work experience does not have to be related to your area of training. However, your work experience and the job you held at the time you submitted your application must be at level 0, A or B, according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Note that technical college, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral diplomas lead to employment at these levels.

I have just started/I am registered in a vocational training program (DEP of 1800 hours or more) in an educational institution in Québec.

  • It is important to know that with the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible. You must fulfil the PEQ criteria, for instance, you graduated from your educational institution and have sufficient proficiency in French, that is, level 7, advanced intermediate. We are adding work experience to these criteria.
  • Twenty-four (24) months of full-time work experience will now be required for graduates of a vocational study program who wish to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ. You must have obtained this experience within the 36 months preceding the application.
  • To obtain the required work experience, you must apply for a post-graduation work permit from the federal government after having received your diploma. This permit is valid for 36 months (3 years) for diplomas of vocational studies of 1800 hours or more, that is, those admissible under the PEQ. This is the period during which you can accumulate your work experience.
  • Your work experience and the job you held at the time you submitted your application must be at level 0, A, B or C according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This experience and job do not have to be related to your area of training, except for work experience or employment at level C, which must be related to the vocational training you completed.
  • Note that a diploma of vocational studies of 1800 hours or more generally leads to jobs at level B under the NOC. In some cases, a diploma of vocational studies (with or without an attestation of vocational specialization – ASP) of 1800 hours or more can lead to several jobs at levels B and C.

 

You are studying in a vocational training program of less than 1800 hours.

  • You are not eligible to submit an application under the PEQ–Graduate, under the current PEQ or the proposed PEQ. This criteria has not changed and is the same as it was previously.
  • However, you can be hired by a Québec employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program. Businesses are very familiar with this process. This will allow you to obtain the required 36 months of work experience and to submit your application under the PEQ–Worker.

 

You have completed your studies, but are waiting for your official diploma in order to submit your application.

  • If you submit your application before the new PEQ–Graduate comes into effect, the current rules will apply.
  • Note that the Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of studies as well as final transcripts issued by the educational institution’s registrar. Therefore, you do not have to wait to receive your official diploma to submit your application.
  • With the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible.

 

You are about to complete your study program.

  • If you complete your study program after the effective date, you can submit an application under the PEQ–Graduate once you have accumulated the admissible work experience required, that is, 12 or 24 months depending on the diploma obtained.
  • With the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible.

 

You are wondering if your program will still be admissible under the new PEQ.

  • The study programs admissible under the PEQ — Graduate are the same ones that were admissible prior to the regulatory amendments, that is:
    • University diplomas at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels;
    • Diploma of college studies, technical training (DEC);
    • Diploma of vocational studies (DEP), with or without an attestation of vocational specialization (ASP) obtained consecutively and leading to a particular trade, of 1800 hours or more.
  • With the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible.

 

You are wondering about the duration of the post-graduation permit after your studies.

  • Note that graduates wishing to extend their stay in Québec have access to a post-graduation work permit that is valid for a period equivalent to that of their studies or for three years if the study program was two years or more. The post-graduation permit is therefore granted for a period of three years for diplomas admissible under the PEQ.
  • The proposed reform does not change anything to this effect. The procedure is the same as before.
  • This is a sufficient period for you to obtain the necessary work experience required to submit an application under the PEQ – Graduate.

 

You have submitted your application under the PEQ – Graduate and you are waiting for it to be processed.

  • If your application was submitted before the regulation entered into effect, it will be reviewed based on the conditions that applied at the time your application was submitted. Even if the draft regulation enters into effect while your application is being processed, the new conditions will not apply to your application.
  • Moreover, note that despite the context of the pandemic, the Ministère is continuing to process applications for Québec selection certificates under the PEQ – Graduate as fast as possible.

You are wondering if your work experience is admissible under the PEQ.

  • When you submit your application, you must have acquired and held a full-time job at level 0, A or B under the National al Classification. If you have a diploma of vocational studies (DEP), level C is also admissible if the job held is related to the diploma obtained.
  • To find out the competency level of the occupation practised in Québec:
    • consult the NOC website by searching the title of the job practised
    • consult the National Occupational Classification matrix accessible on the NOC website under Hierarchy and structure
  • Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC), occupations at level 0 correspond to management positions; jobs at level A are professional positions that generally require a university diploma; jobs at level B are technical or specialized jobs that generally require a college diploma or a diploma of vocational studies. Note that most diplomas of vocational studies (DEPs) of 1800 hours or more lead to jobs at level B. In some cases, a DEP (with or without an attestation of vocational specialization – ASP) of 1800 hours or more can lead to several jobs at levels B and C.

 

Temporary workers

You have been working in Québec for one year under a work permit.

  • If you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, the transitional measure applies to you and you can submit an application under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. Therefore, you can submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions, namely: you acquired 12 months of work experience during the 24 months preceding your application; you held a job at the time you submitted your application, whether the job held was at level 0, A, B, C or D; and you have level-7 French proficiency, advanced intermediate.

You are currently in Québec under a working holiday permit (WHP).

  • If you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, the transitional measure applies to you and you can submit an application under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. Therefore, you can submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions, namely: you acquired 12 months of work experience during the 24 months preceding your application and you held a job at the time you submitted your application.
  • If you have not acquired the 12 months of work experience before the end of your permit, you can still be hired by a Québec employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program. Businesses are very familiar with this process. This will allow you to obtain the required 12 months of work experience.

 

You are currently waiting for an extension of your permit and are under implied status.

  • You must make sure to follow the procedures with the federal government in order to renew your work permit as soon as possible, before it expires. It is recommended that you begin this procedure three months before your permit expires. It is your responsibility to make sure that your permit is valid at all times.
  • The proposed transitional measure ensures that if you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, you will be admissible under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. In fact, implied status authorizes you to work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. You can therefore take advantage of the transitional measure and submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions.

You are still abroad, but are planning to come to Québec to work. You are waiting for your work permit.

  • You can submit your application under the PEQ – Worker once you have accumulated 36 months of work experience over the 48 months preceding your application. The job held must be at level 0, A or B under the NOC in Québec. You must also be employed at the time you submit your application and have level-7 French proficiency.

You will be arriving in Québec soon, but have a work permit for a period of less than 36 months (for example, working holiday permit).

  • You can, before your work permit expires, submit an application to renew your permit, if it is renewable, or apply for a new work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. We recommend that you begin the renewal process three months before your permit expires.
  • If you accumulate 36 months of admissible work experience during the 48 months preceding your application, you can submit an application under the PEQ – Worker.
  • You can also express your interest in immigrating to Québec on Arrima. If you obtain a job offer validated by your employer, you will have a greater chance of obtaining an invitation to submit an application for permanent selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

You are wondering if your professional experience is admissible under the PEQ.

  • You must hold an admissible full-time job at level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification.
  • To find out the competency level of the occupation practised in Québec:
    • consult the NOC website by searching the title of the job practised
    • consult the National Occupational Classification matrix accessible on the NOC website under Hierarchy and structure
  • Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC), occupations at level 0 correspond to management positions; jobs at level A are professional positions that generally require a university diploma; jobs at level B are technical or specialized jobs that generally require a college diploma or a diploma of vocational studies.

 

You submitted your application under the PEQ – Worker and are waiting for it to be processed.

  • If your application was submitted before the regulation entered into effect, it will be reviewed based on the conditions that applied at the time your application was submitted. Even if the draft regulation enters into effect while your application is being processed, the new conditions will not apply to your application.
  • Moreover, note that despite the context of the pandemic, the Ministère is continuing to process applications for Québec selection certificates under the PEQ – Worker as fast as possible.

 

 

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