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Conditions and procedure

Important:
As of July 22, 2020, new selection conditions apply to candidates who submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). One of the new selection conditions pertains to the spouse or de facto spouse included in the principal applicant’s application. Transitional measures are also planned.

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
  • If you hold a diploma for technical college studies, a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree:
    • Have obtained full-time work experience of at least 12 months after the end of the study program in a job at level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
    • Hold a full-time job at level 0, A or B under the NOC when you submitted your application (work experience and the job do not have to be related to your study program)
    • Work experience acquired during an internship in Québec that is required by the study program, part time or full time, for which a work permit was issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, may be recognized up to a maximum of three months. In the case of a part-time internship, the period calculated corresponds to its full-time equivalent
  • For individuals who hold a Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP – Diploma of vocational Studies) which, on its own or with an Attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP – Attestation of vocational specialization) obtained consecutively, attesting to 1,800 hours or more of continuing education and leading to a particular trade: 
    • Have obtained at least 18 months of full-time work experience after the end of the study program in a job at level 0, A, B or C of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
    • Hold a full-time job at level 0, A, B or C under the NOC at the time of submission of the application
    • If your work experience was acquired in a job at level 0, A or B, it does not have to related to your study program
    • If your work experience was acquired in a level-C job, it must be related to the DEP you obtained in Québec. For more information about level-C jobs related to your study program, visit Inforoute, select the title of your study program from this directory and look for the Targeted professions section
    • Work experience acquired during an internship in Québec that is required by the study program, part time or full time, for which a work permit was issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, may be recognized up to a maximum of three months. In the case of a part-time internship, the period calculated corresponds to its full-time equivalent
  • 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 who are included in your application (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.

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

 

To hold a job after obtaining your diploma, you can obtain a post-graduate work permit that will allow you to work for different employers. To find out about the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, visit the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You can also be hired by a Québec employer and obtain a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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