The Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) is an accelerated program to obtain a Certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ), and eventually Canadian permanent residence. It’s intended for individuals who have experience in Québec as a student or as a temporary foreign worker, and who meet certain conditions.
Unlike Express Entry or the Québec Skilled Worker Program (QSW), PEQ does not involve a selection grid or points system. If you meet the requirements of the program, you can submit your application at any time. If it is approved, you will be issued a CSQ from the Québec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI). Once you have a CSQ, you can apply through the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.
Quebec is the only province which requires a CSQ. However, once you have Canadian permanent residence, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees your right to live and work in any province in Canada.
Québec is the only province in Canada whose official language is French. However, the PEQ is the only Quebec immigration program that requires knowledge of the French language.
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) operates on a selection grid, points-based system. If you have enough points, you are eligible for the program whether or not you have any knowledge of French. That said, French language ability accounts for up to 16 out of a required 50 (if applying alone) or 59 (if applying with your spouse) points. Learn more about QSW.
There are two main ways for applicants to PEQ to demonstrate their knowledge of French:
Recently, some PEQ applicants who submitted a diploma from a recognized course to attest to their French language ability have been called in by the MIDI for an interview. If they are found by the interviewer to have insufficient French, they will be required to submit additional documents to demonstrate their language ability. If they can’t their application could be refused in spite of meeting the requirement.
Attorney Renaud Dery was one of the pioneering lawyers to defend their clients from this treatment by the MIDI, and the Canadim Law Firm is involved in preparing files for the judicial review. If you have been affected, or if you want to learn more about the current situation, please click here.
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