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General Notice


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The public health state of emergency declared for the entire Québec territory on March 13, 2020, gives the Québec government the necessary powers to implement all of the measures required to protect the health of the population and curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Added to these measures are the Canadian government’s decisions regarding, in particular, closing the borders. Please visit this page regularly for updates on the situation.

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is closely monitoring this evolving situation and will continuously update this page based on the information available.

Information regarding the various services offered by MIFI

French courses


All full-time and part-time French courses currently offered in educational institutions and community organizations have been suspended until further notice.

While the French courses are suspended, the allowances currently being received by students under the Programme d’aide financière pour la francisation des immigrants (PAFILI) will continue to be paid:

  • until the end of the suspension of the courses for full-time students;
  • until the end of the session for part-time students.

Registration reception


The reception at the Direction du registraire de la francisation located on the 2nd floor, at 1200 Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montréal, is closed until further notice.

  • If you had an appointment, we will contact you.
  • If you have documents to send us, you can mail them, or drop them in our document deposit box, located on the ground floor, at 1200 Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montréal.

Premières démarches d’installation (PDI) and Objectif intégration (OI) information sessions


The Premières démarches d’installation (PDI) and Objectif intégration (OI) information sessions are suspended until further notice.

Recruitment missions


The Québec government is taking all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as much as possible. As a protective measure, all Journées Québec recruitment missions that had been announced have been suspended.

Permanent immigration


Is the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) still processing applications for permanent selection?
The Ministère is continuing to process applications for permanent selection, regardless of the program under which they were submitted. Currently, the government as well as all ministries are mobilized to slow the spread of the virus and limit the impact of the unprecedented crisis we are facing. The government measures implemented over the last few days to respond to the current situation could affect application processing times.

Can CSQ holders who are in Québec and have lost their job renew or obtain a work permit?
To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Temporary foreign workers


Work permits

What happens to temporary foreign workers whose work permit is about to expire or has already expired, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19 and cannot leave the territory?
Several assistance programs have been put in place by the federal government as well as by Québec’s Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS).

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS) of Québec.

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

What happens to temporary foreign workers who have submitted an application to prolong their work permit before the expiry of the initial work permit, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19?
Several assistance programs have been put in place by the federal government as well as by Québec’s Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS).

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS).

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

What happens to temporary foreign workers who had an open work permit and who have lost their job due to COVID-19?
The open work permit allows temporary foreign workers to find a new job with any other employer.

That said, these workers could be eligible for certain assistance measures put in place by the Québec government and the federal government.

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS).

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

Can foreign temporary workers who have accumulated one year of full-time work experience in Québec, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19, submit a PEQ application?
The 12 months of full-time work experience required to be eligible for the Québec experience program do not have to be acquired consecutively. Temporary workers have 24 months to accumulate the 12 months of experience required. Being employed when submitting the application is also a condition for selection as stipulated in the Québec Immigration Regulation. Once they have resumed employment, temporary foreign workers who have the required full-time work experience in Québec can submit their application under the PEQ.

Can temporary foreign workers who had not yet accumulated 12 months of work experience when they lost their job take into account this first work experience when applying for the Québec experience program?
Yes. The 12 months of full-time work experience required to be eligible for the Québec experience program do not have to be acquired consecutively.

Temporary foreign workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19, and would have wanted to submit an application for the PEQ can therefore submit their application once they have resumed employment and have accumulated 12 months of full-time work in Québec during the 24 months preceding the date of submission of their application.

Foreign students


Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)

Is the MIFI continuing to process CAQ applications for studies?
Temporary residents must maintain valid temporary immigration status at all times. The Minsitère is continuing to process applications for temporary selection.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

What happens to foreign students whose semester has been interrupted and who were waiting for their diploma in order to submit an application for the PEQ?
Foreign students who have earned their degree can submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ if they have been awarded, by an educational institution in Québec, within three years of the date of submission of their application, one of the following:

  • a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree
  • a college diploma for technical studies or a vocational diploma at the secondary level, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to 1800 hours or more of consecutive study and leading to a trade

The Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of a study program as well as a final transcripts issued by the registrar of the educational institution. Since the programs admissible under the PEQ must have a minimum duration of 1800 hours, these graduates can obtain a three-year post-graduation work permit. The duration of this permit gives them all the time they need to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ as graduates or even as temporary foreign workers.

Submission of documents


Is it possible to send documents by email rather than by mail?
The MIFI is concerned about protecting its clientele’s personal information. Until further notice, all documents must be sent by mail. Should there be any change in the procedure for submitting documents, we will notify our clientele as soon as possible.

Will the MIFI continue to accept supporting documents for applications sent my mail (CAQ, CSQ, etc.)?
We continue to accept mail.

Is it possible to submit documents in person?
Is it possible to submit documents to the Registraire de la francization in the document deposit box, located on the ground floor of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration, at 1200, boulevard Saint-Laurent, in Montréal.

All other documents must be mailed to us. No documents will be received in person.

Should there be any change in the procedure for submitting documents, we will notify our clientele as soon as possible.      
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