The Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
To immigrate to Québec and obtain permanent Canadian residency, you must first obtain a Québec selection certificate (CSQ) from the MIDI.
If you are applying for a CSQ as a skilled worker, you must choose between the Québec Experience Program (PEQ) and the Regular Skilled Worker Program. Here’s a self-assessment questionnaire to guide you to the information and forms dedicated to the program that seems best suited to your situation:
An international student who received a diploma in Québec that is admissible to the PEQ can apply to the CSQ as a skilled worker. This is the most simple and fastest method. There is no selection grid but rather conditions that must be met and completed applications are processed within twenty working days upon presentation of your diploma or your certificate of achievement. You are eligible to apply 6 months before receiving your diploma at the earliest, and 36 months after receiving your diploma, at the latest. Note that a mastery of advanced intermediate oral French is a mandatory condition for obtaining a CSQ through the PEQ.
This program is meant for those who are currently employed in a specialized job in Québec, that have held such a job in Québec for at least 12 of the last 24 months and that have an advanced intermediate level of oral French. Work experience acquired through a post-graduate work program, a youth exchange program (Working Holiday Permit, Young Professionals Permit, International Co-op Internship Permit) and a non-internship program could be taken into consideration.
Unlike with the PEQ, applications are examined on the basis of a selection grid comprised of factors and criteria (age, training, experience, linguistic abilities, etc.). The selection grid allows candidates to accumulate points to reach the passing grade to obtain the CSQ. Note that it’s important to start the process early. Would you like to check your eligibility? Fill out the preliminary evaluation for immigration. There you can obtain a free online summary evaluation of your chances of being selected by Québec.
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There are more than 30,000 international postsecondary students in Greater Montréal, representing 80% of Québec's total.