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1. Immigrating in Québec to work

Can I find out what my chances are of qualifying to immigrate to Québec?

In addition, go to the Permanent workers section for a typical procedure that presents information as well as the steps you must follow to successfully immigrate.

Why do I have to complete different procedures with the gouvernement du Québec and the Government of Canada?

What steps do I need to follow to immigrate to Québec to work?

The Permanent workers section provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to immigrate.

What are the prerequisites for immigrating to Québec as a worker?

The Permanent workers section provides information on the prerequisites for immigrating to Québec as well as a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to to carry out your immigration plan.

What are the timeframes and costs related to immigrating?

The Permanent workers section provides information on the fees and processing times for an application for a Québec selection certificate.

This section also provides a list of all of the costs involved in immigrating.

1.1. Intake and processing of applications

How can I know if my application was received before the maximum number was attained, based on the current requirements for managing applications?

Your application will be received and processed by the Ministère if you received an acknowledgement of receipt confirming that your file was opened and the required fees processed. If your application was received after the maximum number was attained, based on the application requirements, it will be returned to you and the fees will not be processed.

For more information on the current rules and procedures, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.

1.2. Language knowledge

When I submitted my immigration application, I had beginner (or intermediate) knowledge of French. What do you suggest I do?

Since August 1, 2013, the advanced intermediate level has become the minimum level for which points are attributed for oral and written knowledge of French.

You can update your file, for example, by taking one or more courses to upgrade your knowledge and then send us the results from a standardized language test recognized by the Ministère.

Consult the page French and English language knowledgefor more information on the tests recognized by the Ministère.

If you wish to contact us, make sure to indicate in your correspondence the file number attributed to you by the Ministère. You will find this number on the acknowledgment of receipt that was sent to you following receipt of your application.

Do I have to submit the results of a written English test when submitting my application?

All candidates who submit an application under the Regular Skilled Worker Program can obtain points for their knowledge of written French and English. To do so, they must submit the results of a standardized test.

Consult the page French and English language knowledge for more information on the tests recognized by the Ministère.

Can I submit the results of a French test given by a professional order in Québec?

No. You must submit the results of a standardized test recognized by the Ministère. Consult the page French and English language knowledge for more information on the tests recognized by the Ministère.

1.3. Employment and training

What is the purpose of the list of areas of training?

The List of areas of training is intended to identify candidates who have earned diplomas or degrees in areas with good medium-term job prospects. It is compiled with particular regard to Québec job market requirements.

Can I obtain information on the Québec job market?

The Working in Québec section provides firsthand information on employment in Québec and a series of useful links to visit.

Can I obtain information on how to search for a job in Québec?

Go to Working in Québec for basic information on job search techniques and useful links to visit.

Can I obtain information on professional orders?

Go to Working in Québec – Finding out about regulated professions or trades for detailed information on professions regulated by professional orders and useful links to visit.

Can I obtain information on regulated trades within the construction industry and outside the construction industry?

Go to Working in Québec – Finding out about regulated professions or trades for detailed information on trades regulated by a regulatory body and useful links to visit.

Is it possible for me to have my studies evaluated abroad before immigrating?

To be able to work or study in Québec, the évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec (comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec) is not always required. Before applying for the evaluation, find out if the employer, regulatory body or educational institution in question requires this document.

If in fact you do need a comparative evaluation, you do not have to wait until you are in Québec to submit your application. You can submit it from abroad.

2. Staying in Québec to work

What conditions must be met to work temporarily in Québec?

Go to Temporary workers – Obtaining the authorizations to work temporarily in Québec for information on the conditions for working temporarily in Québec. Note that your future employer must complete most of the steps.

I received a job offer from Québec for a contract of a few months. What procedures must I follow?

The section Temporary workers provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to work temporarily in Québec. You will find that it is your future employer’s responsibility to initiate most of the steps.

What form do I have to complete to apply to stay in Québec and where can I obtain it?

Go to Temporary workers – Obtaining the authorizations to work temporarily in Québec for the steps you must follow to obtain authorization from Québec and the Canadian government to come work temporarily in Québec. You will find that it is your future employer’s responsibility to initiate most of the steps.

Read the entire Temporary workers section. It provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow.

3. Staying in Québec to study

What do I need to do to study in Québec?

Go to Foreign students for a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to come study in Québec.

Important! You must be admitted into a Québec educational institution before submitting applications for authorization to study in Québec (Québec certificate of acceptance for studies, study permit and entry visa).

The Living in Québec - Learning about the education system section also provides important information on the Québec school system.

Who do I have to contact to submit an application to stay in Québec?

Go to Foreign students – Obtaining the necessary authorizations to study in Québec for an explanation of the steps you must follow to obtain authorizations from Québec and the Canadian government to come study in Québec.

Read the entire Foreign students section. It provides a typical procedure with all of the steps you must follow.

What form do I have to complete to submit an application to stay in Québec and where can I obtain it?

Go to Foreign students – Obtaining the necessary authorizations to study in Québec for an explanation of the steps you must follow to obtain authorizations from Québec and the Canadian government to come study in Québec.

Read the entire Foreign students section. It provides a typical procedure with all of the steps you must follow.

I will soon be completing my studies in Québec and I have found a job in Québec.

Go to Foreign students – Holding temporary employment after you graduate for an explanation of the conditions for being permitted to work in Québec once you have completed your studies.

Can foreign students obtain loans and bursaries?

The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion does not provide scholarships. For more information on this subject and for useful links, go to Foreign students – Financial assistance.

How much does it cost to obtain a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Québec Acceptance Certificate)?

I studied abroad and would like to find out what level of education and field my studies compare to in Québec. What do I have to do?

Consult our website for information on the Québec education system and the List of areas of training.
You can also consult the Country Education Profiles on the website of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Once you have checked, and if it is useful to do so, you can submit an application for an évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec (comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec).

Can I obtain information on the Québec education system and educational institutions?

The Living in Québec - Learning about the education system section provides important information on the Québec school system and useful links to visit.

4. Sponsorship program

What do I need to do to sponsor a member of my family?

The Family reunification section provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to sponsor a member of your family.

Note that you must first start the sponsorship process with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

5. Immigrating to Québec for business

Why do I have to follow different steps with the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada?

I have business and management experience. What procedure must I follow to immigrate?

The Businesspeople section provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow carry out your immigration plan.

What are the prerequisites for immigrating as a businessperson?

Go to Businesspeople – 3 immigration programs for businesspeople for the prerequisites for submitting an application as an entrepreneur, self-employed worker or investor.

The Businesspeople section provides a typical procedure that explains all of the steps you must follow to carry out your immigration plan.

What are the costs and timeframes for immigrating?

The Businesspeople section provides information on the costs and processing times for an application for a Québec selection certificate.

Who do I need to contact to submit an immigration application if I am already in Québec?

The immigration application must be submitted to the Direction de l'enregistrement et de l'évaluation comparative. The Businesspeople section provides a typical procedure with all of the steps you must follow to carry out your immigration plan.

What forms do I need to complete to submit an immigration application and where can I obtain them?

To find out about all of the steps you must follow to successfully immigrate, go to Businesspeople.

Can I obtain assistance to open a business in Québec?

Go to Businesspeople – Developing your business project and Businesspeople – Going into business to obtain information on business plans and business start-up as well as useful links.

Can I obtain documentation on starting a business in Québec, taxation, etc.?

Go to Businesspeople – Finding out about Québec and the business environment for basic information on these subjects and useful links to visit.

Can I get information on the Québec economy?

Go to Businesspeople – Finding out about Québec and the business environment for basic information on the Québec economy and useful links to visit.

Why is an exploratory trip to Québec recommended before immigrating?

The Businesspeople –Making an exploratory trip to Québec section provides reasons for travelling to Québec to learn about its business environment and explains how to prepare for it.

6. Practical advice before your departure

What is important for me to know before my departure for Québec?

We recommend that you properly prepare before your departure to help ease your integration into Québec society. Review all of the information for your procedure:

  • if you are immigrating as a permanent worker:
    see Step 4
  • if you are immigrating in the businesspeople category:
    see Step 5
  • if you are staying in Québec as a temporary worker:
    see Step 3
  • if you are staying in Québec as a foreign student:
    see Step 4
  • if you are being sponsored by a Québec resident:
    see Step 3
  • if you are a refugee who was selected abroad:
    see Step 2
    .

It is also important to consult Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before and after your arrival in Québec.

7. Practical advice upon your arrival

What do I have to do as soon as I arrive in Québec?

If you are arriving at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, proceed directly to the Immigration-Québec office. Review all of the information in your procedure:

  • if you are immigrating as a permanent worker:
    see Step 5
  • if you are immigrating in the businesspeople category:
    see Step 6
  • if you are staying in Québec as a temporary worker:
    see Step 4
  • if you are staying in Québec as a foreign student:
    see Step 5
  • if you are being sponsored by a Québec resident:
    see Step 4
  • if you are a refugee who was selected abroad:
    see Step 3
    .

It is also important to consult Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before and after your arrival in Québec.

What are the first steps I should follow as soon as I arrive in Québec?

Some steps must be taken in the first days following your arrival. Review all of the information in your procedure:

  • if you are immigrating as a permanent worker:
    see Step 6
  • if you are immigrating in the businesspeople category:
    see Step 7
  • if you are staying in Québec as a temporary worker:
    see Step 4
  • if you are staying in Québec as a foreign student:
    see Step 5
  • if you are being sponsored by a Québec resident:
    see Step 5
  • if you are a refugee who was selected abroad:
    see Step 4
    .

It is also important to consult Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before and after your arrival in Québec.

I would like to obtain information on public services (telephone, electricity, etc.), housing, public transit, main businesses, etc.

For this information, go to Living in Québec.

To learn more

If you have arrived in Québec, you can participate in a free information session.

It is also important to consult Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before and after your arrival in Québec.

8. Job search assistance

What job search services are offered?

Many services are offered to ease your job search. See Working in Québec.

Half of Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration is devoted to employment and the job market. Be sure to add it to your list of Favourites!

You can also participate in a free information session.

9. Integration services

Once I arrive in Québec, how can I obtain information on daily life, the integration of newcomers and Québec culture?

We recommend that you read the entire section Living in Québec and consul Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before your departure in order to properly prepare for your arrival and facilitate your integration.

Once you have arrived in Québec, you can also participate in a free information session.

Once I arrive in Québec, how can I obtain information on the job market and how to look for a job?

We recommend that you read the Working in Québec section and consult Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration before your departure in order to properly prepare for your arrival and facilitate your entry into the job market.

If you plan to practise a regulated profession or trade in Québec, we recommend that you find out about the requirements as soon as possible.

Once you are in Québec, you can also participate in a free information session. You will be referred to relevant resources to help you in your job search.

10. Bill 9

Does Québec still want to welcome immigrants?

The eventual reimbursement of pending applicant files does not mean that Québec no longer wants to receive their applications. It’s rather that the old system had become ineffective, especially for applicants who had been waiting several years before their application was processed.

Obviously, we understand that an immigration application represents, in many cases, a life project, and that the persons affected by the provision that proposes the reimbursement of applications in the inventory may have concerns. We acknowledge that it is a disappointment for these persons who have been waiting for years and who have invested a great deal of time and energy into it.

Is it still possible to submit an application?

We encourage applicants who are already in Québec to file an expression of interest in Arrima. Their knowledge of the French language and their employment status in Québec may allow them to be invited to submit an application for permanent selection, according to the invitation criteria.

We also invite all foreign students and temporary workers to get informed on the Programme de l’expérience Québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) and to, if they meet the conditions, submit an application without delay. It is a simplified process to obtain access to permanent residence, which is not affected by Bill 9. For more details, consult the section Applying for permanent selection.

Certain applicants who are already in Québec and who are proficient in French may also be eligible for the Self-Employed and Entrepreneurs programs. In fact, persons who are proficient in French may file an application at any time under these programs. To learn the rules and procedures, consult the section Businesspeople.

When and how will applicants be reimbursed?

For the time being, the Bill has been introduced and the consultation process is ongoing. If the Bill is passed and assented to, we will communicate the information and details regarding reimbursement to the applicants affected.

Did you apply for permanent selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program before August, 2, 2018?

We urge anyone who submitted an application for permanent selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program before August 2, 2018, to submit an expression of interest in Arrima.

This system is designed to help better align the needs of the job market with the profiles of those invited to apply for immigration and to reduce processing times for such applications. The Ministère intends to render decisions on permanent selection applications submitted following an invitation based on the expression of interest within an average of 6 months.

Are you residing in Québec as a temporary foreign worker?

Bill 9 does not change the conditions of your stay in Québec or the rules for issuing work permits, which are the exclusive responsibility of the federal government.

The first steps in any work permit renewal must be taken by your employer. You will then need to make sure you submit your work permit renewal application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada before your current residence permits expire.

We also encourage you to read the terms and conditions of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ - Québec experience program), a simplified permanent selection program specifically for temporary foreign workers employed in Québec and foreign students who have earned degrees in Québec. Complete applications received under this program are processed on a priority basis, with an average processing time of 20 business days, excluding postal delays.

The Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ - Québec experience program) is not affected by Bill 9, and you may submit an application at any time.

Has a Québec employer offered you a permanent job?

People with a job offer validated by the Ministère and who submit an expression of interest in Arrima will be invited to apply for permanent selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

Bill 9 in no way changes decisions made by the Ministère with regard to an employer’s application to have a job offer validated. Job offers remain valid, regardless of the timing of the Ministère’s decision.

Are you self-employed in Québec or interested in developing a business project here?

Depending on the nature of your project in Québec, you may also be interested in learning about the Self-Employed Worker Program or Entrepreneur Program. Entrepreneur or self-employed applicants with an advanced intermediate level of French may apply at any time.

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