Are you an international student who’d like to immigrate to Québec after your studies? We're here to help. This is where you'll find a host of tools to make the immigration process easier.
If you are going to be an international student coming to Montréal, please see our page related to the CAQ and study permit.
How to immigrate to Québec Permanently
Want to settle down in Greater Montréal after you finish your studies? You should know that immigration is a shared responsibility of the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec. Other than some exceptions, Québec selects candidates that are looking to immigrate to the province and Canada grants the right to residency (temporary or permanent) to all foreign nationals, including those in Québec. The Québec selection certificate (CSQ) issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) of Québec is therefore mandatory for anyone who wishes to immigrate to the province permanently.
Free guide: Living in Québec
This guide by Immigrant Québec provides helpful information to ensure that your departure for Québec is well-prepared. Find out more the job market, the Québec culture and much more.
What are the Best Resources to Learn French?
A good understanding of the French language is more than an asset: it’s a requirement for successfully integrating and finding fulfilling work in Greater Montréal.
To become a permanent resident of Québec through the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) offered by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) of Québec, you must demonstrate an advanced intermediate level knowledge of spoken French.
Proof of this ability will allow you to obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate), a prerequisite for permanent residency in Canada. It is also possible to obtain a CSQ through the Skilled temporary foreign worker program (PRTQ) offered by the MIDI, for which French is an important factor in the selection process. However, the timeframe to obtain a CSQ is longer through the PRTQ than through the PEQ.
To become a member of a professional order, you must demonstrate your command of Québec’s official language. The Service de l’évaluation du français des ordres professionnels from the Office québécois de la langue française is mandated to evaluate the French knowledge of candidates for professional orders that do not meet the requirements of Article 35 of the Charter of the French Language.
The sooner you start to learn or improve your knowledge of French, the better your chances of success are! Here are some resources to help you.