The province of Quebec and PR programs: New regulations

The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) has reviewed economic immigration programs to respond to labor challenges, support economic development and strengthen the vitality of the French language on the entire territory. Here is a summary of the points of the reform which could affect foreign students in professional training.

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

Graduate stream

From November 23, 2023, graduates of a professional studies diploma (DEP) certifying at least 1800 hours or, a DEP and a professional specialization certificate (ASP) certifying cumulatively at least 1800 hours leading to a trade will be able to apply for permanent residence under this program upon completion of their studies. No proof of work experience in Quebec and proof of employment will be required. The condition that you must have completed your program of study in Quebec in French or have successfully completed at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies in French will only apply from November 23, 2024.

Worker component

No changes made. Have 2 years of full-time work experience in Quebec in a profession in FEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 and hold this job at the time of application.

Skilled Worker Selection Program (PSTQ)

Creation of the PSTQ which will replace the current Regular Skilled Worker Program (PRTQ) where candidates are subject to a selection grid with points. The new PSTQ program will come into effect on November 29, 2024 and will now include 4 distinct components. Components 1, 2 and 3 may be interesting for graduates of training courses of less than 1800 hours or their supervisors.

Part 1 – High qualification and specialized skills: have a profession in FEER category 0, 1 or 2 and work experience of at least 1 year in this profession. Be, among other things, the holder of a diploma corresponding to at least a DEP of 900 hours and have a knowledge of oral French of level 7 or more and written knowledge of level 5 or more according to the Quebec Scale of French proficiency levels

Component 2 – Intermediate and manual skills: have a profession in FEER category 3, 4 or 5 and work experience in this profession of at least 2 years including at least one year in Quebec (Internships can be considered if they are in the same job category). Be, among other things, the holder of a diploma corresponding at least to an ASP of at least 600 hours or a DEP and have a knowledge of oral French of level 5 or more according to the Quebec scale of proficiency levels in French

Part 3 – Regulated professions: Have a profession listed in the list of regulated professions drawn up by the Minister (among others for Auxiliary Nurse and construction trades) and have authorization to practice this profession in Quebec (or a acknowledgement).

Part 4 – Exceptional talents: Clearly distinguish yourself in your profession through exceptional expertise likely to contribute to the prosperity of Quebec

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