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Quebec Experience Program – Graduate (PEQG)

Quebec Experience Program - Graduate

  • Q.C: Quebec
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
  • F.R: Francophone
  • EDU: Education-driven

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Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – Quebec Graduate

The Quebec Graduate subcategory of the Quebec Experience Program gives eligible graduates in Quebec who also have some work experience in Quebec the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Quebec.

The Quebec Graduate program is one of the two subcategories of the Quebec Experience program (PEQ) which also includes the Temporary Foreign Worker (➨Page).

The eligible applicants must have acquired work experience in Quebec, currently hold a job in Quebec and have advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to Quebec Experience program – Quebec Graduate subcategory.

1- Education in Quebec

You must have completed a full-time program and obtained an eligible diploma or degree from an educational institution in Quebec. The Quebec diplomas eligible under the PEQ are:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctorate degree
  • Diploma of college studies, technical training (DCS/DEC)
  • Diploma of vocational studies (DVS/DEP) attesting to 1,800 hours or more of study
  • Diploma of vocational studies (DVS/DEP) followed by an Attestation of vocational specialization (AVS/ASP) attesting to a minimum of 1,800 hours of continuing education and leading to a particular trade
Your degree or diploma must have been obtained during the 36 months preceding the submission of the application.

You must have lived in Quebec for the primary purpose of studying and have respected the conditions of your stay and for at least half the duration of your study program.

You are not eligible for the PEQ if you hold a bursary with a clause requiring a return to your country, unless you have already fulfilled this condition.

Note:  As of November 23, 2024, in order to qualify for this program, you must:

  • Have completed three (3) years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies in French in Québec or abroad, or;
  • Have completed an eligible program of study in French, i.e. a program in which 75% of the courses or credits were completed in French, in Québec.

2- Language Ability

You must demonstrate minimum proficiency in spoken French, which corresponds to level 7 (B2) on the Echelle quebecoise des niveaux de competences en français (➨Appendix 5).

You must demonstrate minimum proficiency in written French, which corresponds to level 5 (B1) on the Echelle quebecoise des niveaux de competences en français.

3- Spouse Language Ability

If your spouse or common-law partner is included in your application, he or she must have knowledge of spoken French of level 4 on the Echelle quebecoise des niveaux de competence en français.

4- Age

You must be at least 18 years old as of the date your complete application is submitted.

5- Financial Self-sufficiency

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Quebec following your arrival (➨Appendix 2).

You must sign a contract in which you undertake to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three (3) months following your arrival in Quebec.

6- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Quebec Experience Program if you intend to work in one of the following ineligible employment sectors:

  • Payday loans, cheque cashing or pawnbroking; 
  • Production, distribution or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products, or services related to the sex industry, such as nude or erotic dancing, escort services or erotic massages.

You are not eligible to apply under the Quebec Experience Program if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Complete Your Studies in Quebec

In order to apply under the Quebec Experience Program – Graduate subcategory, the first step is to obtain an eligible post‐secondary degree or diploma in Quebec. The eligible degrees and diplomas are explained in the “Minimum Requirements” section.

You need an Acceptance Certificate for studies (CAQ), issued by the Government of Quebec as well as a study permit (➨Page) in order to study in Quebec. Before you apply for a study permit, you need an acceptance letter from your educational institution.

Step 2: Apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

After completion of studies in Quebec, you need to apply for and obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) (➨Page).

Step 3: Get a Job Offer in Quebec

You must have a bona fide full-time job offer from an employer in Quebec in an eligible occupation. Depending on your Quebec diploma, you must complete 12 or 18 months of full-time post-graduate work experience.

If a support organization approves your business project and gives you a service offer, you may submit your application under Quebec Entrepreneur Program – Stream 1.

As a foreign worker in Canada, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in Quebec are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.

Step 4: Submit Application for a Quebec Selection Certificate

If you meet all minimum requirements including education and work experience in Quebec, you may submit your application in Quebec’s Arrima portal (➨

You must submit an application for permanent selection, transmit the supporting documents for your application and make the payment of the required fees in Arrima. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation of receipt in Arrima.

Quebec Application
Apply Online (Arrima):
Official Program Guide:
Quebec Application Fee:
Main applicant: $895
Spouse: $192
Each child: $192
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

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Tel: 514-864-9191

Fax: 514-864-8158

(general questions)

Subsequently, after the processing of your application has begun, you will be sent an e-mail inviting you to provide your attestation of learning about democratic values and the Quebec values. The members of your family accompanying you must also obtain an attestation, specifically your spouse aged 16 years or older and your dependent children aged 18 years or older. Persons with a disability that prevents them from obtaining the attestation are exempt from this condition.
To obtain the attestation, you must successfully complete the online assessment or participate in an information session in Quebec. Once you obtain the attestation, it is valid for two (2) years.

For more information on the online assessment, see (➨

If your application is approved, you will be informed of the next steps to follow in your immigration process. If possible, the officer will immediately issue your Certificat de selection du Quebec (CSQ – Quebec Selection Certificate). Otherwise it will be mailed to you. The CSQ is a document stating that an applicant has officially been selected for immigration by the province of Quebec.

Step 5: Apply for Permanent Residence

After obtaining your CSQ, your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa (➨Page) within the validity of your CSQ which is two (2) years.

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Step 6: Landing in Quebec

If your application for permanent residence is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.
If you arrive at the Montreal-Trudeau international Airport, you will be greeted by the personnel of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Integration who will offer direct support services to you.

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