The Quebec experience program (Graduate Studies Stream), enables qualified international students, on a valid study permit, to apply for permanent residence after successfully completing approved full-time studies in an eligible study program in the province of Quebec.
Applications in this stream are treated on a priority basis and generally conclude in less than 12-months.
International students who have the required finances and other qualifications, must first obtain admission to an eligible study program and must obtain a study permit to study in Canada.
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Conditions to qualify for the Quebec PEQ program (Graduate Quebec Studies Stream):
|Completion of one of the following eligible diplomas|
You must have resided temporarily in Québec for at least half of the study program on a study permit and have respected the conditions of your stay.
|Knowledge of advanced intermediate oral French|
There are four options (only 1 required) in order to meet the French language requirement.
NOTE: You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid passport and, if you are submitting your application within Canada, be legally residing in Québec at the time of submission of your application.
When to submit an application?
You may submit your application 6 months before the date on which you expect to receive your attestation of successful completion or diploma but not later than 36 months following receipt of your diploma.
In order to pursue studies in Quebec, proof of unencumbered available funds is required to cover tuition and living expenses.
You can prove funding with:
- your bank statements for six months showing sufficient funds to support your studies and proof you paid tuition and housing fees;
- bank statements from a close relative showing sufficient funds to support your studies and a financial support confirmation letter from the close relative;
- proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
Tuition is estimated at $15,000 a year. This amount varies between institutions and study programs.
In addition to tuition, you must have adequate living expenses, calculated as follows:
|Persons coming to Quebec||Amount of funds required per year (in addition to the tuition)|
|With a family member older than 18 (2)||+$5,100|
|With a family member under 18 (2)||+$3,800|
|Any additional family member older than 18||+$5,125|
|Any additional family member under 18||+$1,903|
How to calculate the amount of proof of funds?
Example: Tuition $15,000 + $11,000 (student) + $5,100 (spouse)
Total proof of funds needed: $31,100
You are not eligible for the Quebec Experience Program 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.
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