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International Students in Quebec Can Once Again Apply Under PEQ

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration Québec (MIDI) has announced further changes to Quebec immigration regulation. As of November 1st, 2019 the province will again allow international students to apply for permanent resident status under the Québec experience program or PEQ. 

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On November 6th the Quebec government backtracked on certain changes made for international students applying through the PEQ. International students already in Quebec under the PEQ, who would no longer be considered eligible for not studying a field included on the List of Areas of Training under the PEQ, will now be allowed to finish their program.

Intake of PEQ applications from international students has been paused since July 2019, a suspension that was expected to remain in effect until November 2019. Temporary foreign workers have been able to, and will continue to be able to submit applications at this time. Important to note that as of January 1st, 2019 the Quebec government will be implementing a Quebec values test as a new selection condition for permanent residence applications. Applicants under the PEQ will be subject to this selection criteria. 

Am I Eligible to Apply Under PEQ?

The Quebec Experience Program targets candidates with educational or work experience in the province and who have high French-language proficiency. Candidates selected under this stream are processed much faster, with the end result of Canadian permanent resident status for the applicant and their family.

All eligible candidates for PEQ will have the intention of settling and working in Quebec, have lived temporarily in the province, demonstrate advanced intermediate oral French abilities, and hold a certificat de sélection du Québec.

International graduates will be able to apply as of November 1st, 2019. The diplomas admissible for PEQ are the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral (PhD)
  • Diploma of College Studies – Technical
  • Vocational Diploma, attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of training
  • Attestation of Vocational Specialization attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of training
  • Attestation of College Studies attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of study 

It is important to not that the attestations of diplomas held must be included on Quebec’s List of Areas of Training under the PEQ. The list outlines the only acceptable fields of study eligible for the program, a number that has been significantly reduced under Quebec’s CAQ government. Graduates of study programs of 900 hours to less than 1,800 hours must have six months of full-time work experience in the province, gained after their study program and in their area of training. 

Temporary foreign workers wishing to apply under PEQ must now hold a job on Quebec’s List of Jobs in Demand Eligible under the PEQ. The job must have been located in Quebec for either 12 or 18 of the last 24 months, depending on the National Occupation Classification level assigned to the job. 

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