PEQ – Québec graduate

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

PEQ – Québec graduate 
This program is aimed at you if you have obtained an eligible Québec diploma, or you are in the process of doing so, and you have an advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French.

The Ministère is temporarily suspending the intake of permanent immigration applications under the Québec Graduates stream of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ - Québec experience program). This suspension will be in effect from July 10, 2019, to November 1, 2019. The basis of this decision is to give priority to applicants who occupy a job in Québec during this period.
However, it is still possible for Québec Graduates who wish to remain in Québec to apply for a post-diploma work permit from the Government of Canada. Read more

Warning: This is not a legal advice. 

Conditions to satisfy as Québec graduate or future graduate

You must satisfy all of the conditions of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise at the time of submission of your application for a Certificat de de sélection du Québec:

  • have the intention of settling in Québec to hold a job;

  • have lived temporarily in Québec with the primary goal of studying and have respected the conditions of your stay;

  • have lived in Québec for at least half of the duration of your study program;

  • hold an eligible Québec diploma or expect to complete your study program within six months of the date of submission of your application;

  • demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French;

  • undertake to provide for your needs and, where applicable, those of your spouse or de facto spouse and dependent children included in your application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec, for a minimum period of 3 months;

  • be at least 18 years old and hold a valid passport and, if you are submitting your application from Québec, be legally residing in Québec at the time of submission of your application.
     

If you hold a post-diploma work permit, you can also submit your application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise as a skilled temporary foreign worker if the selection conditions are more advantageous for you.

You are not eligible for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise if:

  • you hold a bursary with a clause stipulating 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 on which you submitted your application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

Eligibles diplomas

Québec diplomas eligible under the PEQ are:

  • a bachelor’s degree (university undergraduate);

  • a master’s degree (and an MBA);

  • a doctorate;

  • a Diplôme d’études collégiales techniques (DEC – diploma of college studies, technical training);

  • a Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP – diploma of vocational studies) attesting to 1800 hours of study or more;

  • a Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP – diploma of vocational studies) followed by an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP – attestation of vocational specialization) attesting to a minimum of 1800 hours of continuing education and leading to a particular trade.

Knowledge of French

You must have an advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French and demonstrate it by submitting, depending on the situation that applies to you, an official document to demonstrate it.

If you are a graduate or future graduate, you can submit:

  • a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of a study program in Québec pursued entirely in French (including the master’s and doctoral theses, if applicable) or;

  • an attestation of results of a French test or diploma recognized by the Ministère that demonstrates attainment of a level of competency in oral comprehension and oral production of 7 or higher on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or to its equivalent (level B2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference).


The minimum passing grades for the DELF and DALF test, to satisfy the PEQ language requirements are:

    • DELF B2: 16/25 or more for the two oral exams;

    • DALF C1: 8/25 or more for the two oral exams;

    • DALF C2: 16/50 or more for the oral exam.

When to submit an application

As a future Québec graduate, you can submit your application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate) no earlier than six months before the date on which you expect to receive your attestation of successful completion or diploma eligible under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise and no later than 36 months following receipt of your diploma. However, the Certificat de sélection du Québec will be issued to you only upon presentation of your complete and final transcripts accompanied by an attestation of successful completion or your diploma.

You can submit your application for the Programme de l'expérience québécoise from Québec or from abroad.

If your application is refused, you will be asked to submit an application under the Regular Skilled Worker Program, free of charge and according to the rules in effect for the intake and processing of applications.

If you have started a new study program, you cannot submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec as a skilled worker.

If you are a Québec graduate and have held a skilled job for at least 12 months, for example, through a post-diploma work permit, you can submit your application under the PEQ as either a Québec graduate or a skilled temporary foreign worker, depending on the selection conditions that are the most advantageous for you. However, make sure to use the appropriate form.

This program is one of the best in Canada, it allows International student to become a Permanent Resident of Canada in shortest possible time. This is a great opportunity for STAR students to obtain their Permanent Residency status on completion of  their graduation.  STAR will advise you on your program eligibility for PEQ and STAR's Affiliated Immigration Lawyers and ICCRC Members will assist you in obtaining your status hassle-free!

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