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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Nov 10, 2017 – The Quebec government has exclusive jurisdiction to manage its own comprehensive immigration programs, under a series of agreements dating back to 1981. It has the largest allocations of immigrants to Canada, among the 10 provinces and 3 territories accounting for approximately 17 per cent of Canada’s planned overall annual immigration levels for 2018.
Economic Immigration Numbers
Quebec plans to welcome up to 31,300 economic immigrants in 2018, split between Skilled Worker, Business and Other Economic categories.
This maximum intake figure is 1,000 more than the expected maximum for 2017 and effectively the same as the 2016 total of 31,600 new immigrants.
The 2018 breakdown figures for Skilled Workers (24,200 to 26,300), Business (4,000 to 4,300) and Other Economic immigrants (500 to 700) are all within a similar range as seen in the previous two years.
Family Reunification Numbers
In the Family Reunification category, the maximum intake of 12,100 is slightly lower than the projected 2017 maximum intake of 12,800, but significantly higher than both 2016 (11,124) and 2015 (10,490).
Refugee numbers are expected to drop slightly when compared to the previous years. In 2018, Quebec plans to welcome a maximum 8,800 in the Refugee categories, compared to a projected 9,500 maximum for 2017 and 9,274 in 2016.
Quebec Immigration Admission Targets 2018
|Refugees and people in similar situations||8,100||8,800|
* Includes caregivers and other economic class immigrants
** Includes various special categories of immigrants admitted on humanitarian or public interest grounds
The table below shows the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity fee schedule for applications submitted in 2016 and 2017.
|Until December 31, 2016||From January 1, 2017|
|Application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate)|
|Business: Entrepreneur and self-employed||$1,045||$1,053|
|Each accompanying family member (except investor class)||$166||$167|
|Employer requesting validation of permanent employment||$193||$194|
|For the principal sponsored person or the first sponsored minor||$275||$277|
|For each other sponsored person||$110||$111|
|Application for a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ – Québec certificate of acceptance)|
|Employer posting a temporary employment offer (except seasonal agriculture)||$193||$194|
|Person on a temporary stay for medical treatment||$110||$111|
|Application for recognition of an immigration consultant||$1,600||$1,612|
|Application for renewal of recognition||$1,300||$1,310|
|Comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec (There may be translation fees in addition)||$115||$116|
La province du Québec administre ses propres programmes d’immigration qui comportent des critères de sélection qui diffèrent de ceux des programmes fédéraux.
Les ressortissants étrangers qui désirent immigrer au Canada pour s’établir au Québec doivent suivre un processus d’immigration en deux étapes. Dans un premier temps, ils doivent déposer une demande de sélection auprès du Ministère de l’immigration et des communautés culturelles (MICC), l’autorités d’immigration du Québec. S’ils sont sélectionnés, ils recevront un Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), qui leur permet de faire une demande de résidence permanente auprès de Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada (CIC). Le rôle du CIC dans l’évaluation des demandeurs sélectionnés par le Québec se limite à vérifier qu’ils ne sont pas inadmissibles pour des raisons de santé ou de criminalité.
Présentement, les personnes qui désirent s’établir au Québec peuvent déposer une demande dans l’une des catégories suivantes :
- Programme des travailleurs qualifiés du Québec
- Immigration des Gens d’affaires
- Programme d’expérience québécoise
*** Le Québec a annoncé que son programme immigrant investisseur sera relancé en 2016. Pour en savoir plus!***