Not just once, but time and again, Montreal has been chosen as the best city for the international student. Yes, Montreal is the largest and most developed city of the Canadian Province Quebec. No doubt, Quebec is famous for its student friendly environment, the presence of large number of business houses, companies and amazing work culture. Hence, you need to have a fair idea of what PEQ and CSQ in Quebec are. As, it will help you in getting your Canada PR with an ease.
Quebec is a bit unique as far as the PR and Education System is concerned. International
students sometime get confused about their courses and how they would be able to apply for the
federal and Quebec PR.
Here, you would get a detailed view of what PEQ and CSQ in Quebec. And, what are the Quebec PR rules for international Students. You will also learn what PEQ course are and how they will be helpful in Quebec Immigration.
Quebec provincial government encourages the international students who complete government
approved post secondary courses from the Quebec Educational Institutions to live and work in
Quebec. The same is for the skilled foreign workers who are also called temporary foreign
Simply, the PEQ is the fast track system for the PR in Quebec for the two categories of people namely International students and Temporary foreign workers. Let’s see how international students would be eligible to apply for PEQ from within Quebec.
For Overseas students to be eligible, they must have studied in Quebec province full time and have completed one of the following types of diploma courses:
Likewise, the diploma or degree must be from a university or by a public education institution located in Quebec only and recognized by the Quebec government. Additionally, the international student must have lived in this province for at least half the duration of their study program.
Further, the student must have obtained the following work experience:
For the holders of a technical college diploma (DEC/DEP/DVS), a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctorate:
For the holders of a Diploma of Vocational Studies, alone or with an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS):
In addition, the international student must possess an intermediate-advanced knowledge of oral French. The student can prove his knowledge of French by one of the following:
Then, students may submit their application for permanent selection under PEQ – Quebec Graduate
stream, from within Quebec or from abroad, upon completion of their program of
Please bear in mind that, not all Quebec educational programs are eligible for PEQ. Hence, candidates submitting applications as international students should verify that their program of study meets the PEQ requirements.
Just note, the following types of programs are eligible for PEQ applications:
If international students meets above criteria, then, they may submit an application for a CSQ through PEQ at any time. Interestingly, there is no quota for this program and office accepts application throughout the year. Also, all PEQ applications are paper-based, meaning they are submitted in hard copy to MIFI for processing.
Under the PEQ program, the selection decisions are strictly made solely from the information
and documentary evidence. These are submitted through file, and, therefore, this is not a
The target processing time for this program is six months.
All those international students who find themselves eligible for PEQ can then apply for
their CSQ that is Quebec Selection Certificate. Likewise, under PEQ program it is not point
base and a deserving candidate will get his or her CSQ in due course of time. This is the
first step out of two of getting Canada PR.
As the candidate receives his/her CSQ, they become eligible to apply for federal PR. In case of PEQ, the process is quite simple as the things to check would be police verification and medical checkup.
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