The Quebec Experience Program (Quebec Graduate 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 of Quebec Stream):
Completion of one of the following eligible diplomas
- Bachelor’s Degree (undergraduate university degree).
- Master’s Degree.
- Doctorate (Ph.D.).
- Diploma of College Studies – Technical.
- Vocational Diploma, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of study.
- 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.
Other qualification requirements
- Only qualifications included on the areas of training list for the PEQ: Quebec Graduates are eligible.
- Candidates must have completed a minimum of 900 hours of full-time study in Quebec or, if their qualification attests to more than 1,800 hours of study, they must have lived in Quebec for at least half of the program duration.
- For programs of 900 hours to less than 1,800 hours, candidates must have 6 months of full-time work experience in Quebec, acquired after their study program and in their area of training.
Candidates must possess an intermediate-advanced knowledge of oral French (level 7 or 8 on the Quebec Scale of French Proficiency Levels for Adult Immigrants).
As of January 1, 2020, the candidate can prove knowledge of French by one of the following:
- The result of a standardized test.
- Fulfilment the language requirements of a professional order in Quebec.
- Successful completion of at least three years of secondary or post-secondary study conducted entirely in French.
Also effective January 1, 2020, spouses or common-law partners included in the application must demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of spoken French (level 7 or 8 on the Quebec Scale of French Proficiency Levels for Adult Immigrants).
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 no later than 36 months following receipt of your degree or diploma.
Starting in October 2018, candidates are no longer permitted to submit their application 6 months prior to obtaining their diploma. They are required to have graduated and provided the diploma or an attestation of successful completion as well as the final transcript of their grades in order to submit an application.
In order to pursue studies in Quebec, proof of unencumbered available funds is required to cover tuition and living expenses.
Tuition is estimated at $15,000 a year. This amount varies between institutions and study programs.
In addition to tuition, you must have adequate funds to support yourself and any family members that would accompany you.
When you submit an application under PEQ, you will be required to sign an undertaking to provide for your basic needs and, where applicable, those of your accompanying dependents, for a minimum period of three months.
The undertaking is under the form of a Contract respecting financial self-sufficiency.
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.
Watch this immigration.ca Livestream focusing on international students and international graduates, and how they are a key part of Canada’s long-term immigration strategy.
Immigration lawyer Colin Singer reviews the federal and provincial programs that are offered including the most popular Quebec Experience Program.