Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)


Quebec is the most beautiful and one of the largest provinces in Canada. It is a land of vast lakes, breathtaking mountains, beautiful fields, deep green valleys, great forests, and coastal cliffs. Every year its eye-opening natural beauty and a lot of employment opportunities attract professionals from worldwide.

It offers different immigration programs to professional and skilled workers. Quebec Experience Class is one of the immigration programs Quebec offers. It is for French-speaking individuals who have work or study experience in Quebec.

Quebec Experience Class is also known as the Programme de l’expérience Québécoise or PEQ. It has the fastest processing time, and it allows the eligible individuals to settle in Quebec permanently. You can apply for this program if you are 18 or above. In 2019, the majority of individuals approved for Quebec immigration were through the PEQ.

PEQ is a Two-Step process

The first thing you need is to get eligible for and obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). It is also known as Certificat de sélection du Québec. It is a type of document that allows the candidates to immigrate to Quebec legally and settle permanently. The processing time of the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) does not exceed one month. Once you attain CSQ, you can then apply for Canadian permanent residence to the Federal Government.

One more thing to note about the QEP is that, to be considered eligible; candidates need to show advanced-intermediate French skills. Proof can be in the form of:

  • an approved language test result;
  • a final transcript that demonstrates the completion of secondary or post-secondary full-time study of least three years continued totally in French; or
  • a testimony of completion of the language requirements of a professional order.

If a candidate is applying with a spouse or common-law partner, then both need to show advanced-intermediate French-language proficiency. Workers and students in Quebec who are not eligible under the PEQ may be eligible to apply for a CSQ under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

All the candidates for PR (permanent residence) through Quebec immigration programs need to show that they appreciate Quebec values. This can take place by completing a course in Quebec value or passing a Quebec values test.

Streams Under Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)

The PEQ is divided into two following streams.

  1. For international students and graduates in Quebec
  2. For foreigner workers in Quebec

Quebec Experience Program: Students and graduates

To obtain a CSQ under this program, international students and graduates need to meet the following conditions.

  • The appropriate diploma or degree must be from the past 36 months and must be from any educational institutes that are authorised by the Education Ministry Of Quebec.
  • You need to submit your standardised test result of Oral French course, if not, then you need to complete at least two years of secondary or post-secondary full-time education in French by submitting an academic transcript.
  • You must show that you completed an advanced intermediate level French course at any Quebec Educational Institution.
  • Proof that you have fulfilled the language requirements.

Quebec Experience Program: Foreign workers

You are eligible to obtain a CSQ under this program if you meet the following requirements.

  1. You must have 24 months of full-time work experience in Quebec in a skilled, managerial, or professional occupation.
  2. The job must be on the list of occupations.
  3. You must be a legal employer in any Province of Quebec. At the time of applying, you need to show proof of your legal work status as a temporary resident.
  4. You must show that you have satisfied the French language requirements of the professional order governing your occupation in Quebec.
  5. Demonstrate that you can financially support yourself and your family while your permanent residency in Quebec.
  6. Must demonstrate that you have adequate knowledge of French (intermediate level).
  7. You may qualify under the Quebec Experience Class if you have been working as a Self-employed. The job must be of Acceptable skill level, and the income you earned is equal to a full-time salary.

Important Note: You need to submit your application along with all the supporting documents (either in English or French). Incomplete applications will be rejected.

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