Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)

If you have studied or worked in the province of Quebec, you may be eligible to immigrate under this fast-track Canadian immigration program.

Conditions

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.

Eligible 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.

To be eligible, these diplomas must have been:

  • obtained during the 36 months preceding submission of the application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec;
  • issued by a Québec university or an educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche;
  • obtained following a full-time study program in a Québec institution located in Québec.

You are not eligible for the PEQ if:

  • you hold any other diploma than those cited above (e.g., Attestation of Vocational Studies, Attestation of College Studies, Graduate Diploma in Specialized Studies, post-doctorate);
  • you submit two diplomas of vocational studies (DEPs) for which the duration of each program is less than 1800 hours;
  • you submit a diploma of vocational studies  (DEP – double program) for which the duration of each of these programs is less than 1800 hours;
  • you have not lived in Québec for at least half the duration of your study program.

Processing Time

An application deemed complete under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program) will receive a priority treatment of 20 days or less, excluding postal delays.

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.

To learn more about your options