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 ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

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.


As of July 22, 2020, new selection conditions apply to candidates who submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). Transitional measures are also planned. Visit the MIFI’s website to learn more.

Québec experience program (PEQ) – Québec graduate

An international student who received a diploma in Québec that is admissible to the PEQ can apply to the CSQ as a skilled worker. Completed applications are processed within 6 months. Candidates must obtain their diploma before applying. Note that a mastery of advanced intermediate oral French is a mandatory condition for obtaining a CSQ through the PEQ.

Québec experience program (PEQ) – Temporary foreign worker

This program pertains to you if you currently hold a job at level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and you have work experience that meets the program’s requirements. You must also have advanced intermediate knowledge of spoken French. The work experience acquired as part of a youth exchange program can also be taken into consideration.

Regular program – Foreign students in Québec

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.

Create your future in Québec after your studies

The MIFI’s Create your future in Québec after your studies website explains the immigration process that you have to follow in order to stay in Québec after your studies.

MIFI also offers a free online integration service for those who received their CSQ in order to help them integrate with ease.

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