Conditions and procedure
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Conditions and procedure

Since November 1, 2019, Québec graduates can submit an application for permanent selection under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). Temporary foreign workers can continue submitting an application.

Effective November 14, 2019, the selection conditions of the PEQ which had prevailed before November 1, 2019 are re-established. Consult the news.

Effective January 1, 2020, a new selection condition regarding the learning of democratic values and the Québec values expressed by the Charter of human rights and freedoms applies to all new permanent selection applications submitted under one of the economic immigration programs. For more details, see the page about the attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values.

Conditions to be met as a Québec graduate

You must meet all the conditions of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) when you submit your application for permanent selection. You must:

  • Intend to settle in Québec to hold a job
  • Have stayed temporarily in Québec for the primary purpose of studying and have respected the conditions of your stay
  • Have stayed in Québec for at least half the duration of your study program
  • Hold an eligible Québec diploma
  • Demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French
  • Undertake to provide for your basic needs and, where applicable, those of your spouse or de facto spouse and dependent children included in your application for permanent selection, for a minimum period of three months
  • Be at least 18 years old, hold a valid passport and, if you are applying from Québec, be legally in Québec at the time of application
  • Obtain, by the prescribed deadline, an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values. The members of your family accompanying you (your spouse of 16 years of age or older and your dependent children of 18 years of age or older) must also obtain the attestation.

If you hold a post-graduation work permit, you can apply under the PEQ as a temporary foreign worker if the selection conditions are more advantageous for you.

You are not eligible for the PEQ if:

  • You hold a bursary with a clause requiring a return to your country (unless you have already fulfilled this condition)
  • You have started a new study program in Québec
  • More than 36 months have elapsed between the time you completed your study program in Québec and the date you submitted your application for permanent selection 
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