Quebec province operates a number of immigration programs. The Quebec Experience Program (also called programme de l’expérience québécoise – PEQ) happens to be one PEQ was designed for applicants who are proficient in the French language and have some work or educational experience in Quebec. It is one of Quebec’s major immigration programs, meaning their applications are processed faster than other programs.


The following requirements must be met by every PEQ applicant:

  1. You must be ready to settle in Quebec and hold a job
  2. Must have resided temporarily in the Quebec province with the aim of studying or working and must have respected stay requirements
  3. Must demonstrate an advanced knowledge of spoken French; this requirement only applies to the principal applicant, the accompanying spouse or children are not obliged to fulfill this requirement
  4. Must undertake to be responsible for the needs of any spouse, dependent children or de facto spouse included in their certificat de sélection du Québec application for a minimum of 3 months
  5. Must be at least 18 years old and must have a valid passport

Here are some of the acceptable qualifications for demonstrating advanced intermediate French-language proficiency:

  1. Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada
  2. CTest d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ)
  3. Test d’évaluation du français (TEF)
  4. Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF-Québec)
  5. Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)
  6. Test de connaissance du français (TCF)
  7. Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)
  8. A transcript certifying that the applicant has successfully completed at least 3 years of full-time secondary or even post-secondary study, in French
  9. Final transcript certifying that applicant has successfully completed an advanced intermediate level course in French (candidates who choose to go with this option will be invited for an in-person interview to confirm their French proficiency)
  10. A regular practice license from one of Quebec’s professional orders

Apart from the general requirements, applicants must also meet some additional requirements if they’re applying as temporary foreign workers or international students.


International students applying to PEQ must meet these additional requirements:

  1. Have temporarily resided in Quebec with the aim of studying and must have fulfilled their stay requirements
  2. Must have resided in Quebec for no less than half of their study program duration
  3. Hold a qualified Quebec diploma or be in a study program to be completed within 6 months of the application submission date (an applicant whose study program was completed 36 months before their application is not qualified to apply as an international student under the PEQ)
  4. If the application is submitted from Quebec, then the applicant must have been legally residing in the province when the application was submitted

Not every Quebec educational program is eligible for PEQ. This is why candidates are enjoined to verify whether their program meets the requirements of PEQ for international students. Here are some of the eligible programs for PEQ applications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Master’s Degree
  3. Doctorate
  4. Diplôme d’études collégiales techniques (DEC – diploma of college studies, technical training);
  5. Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP – diploma of vocational studies) with at least 1800 study hours;
  6. Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP – diploma of vocational studies) including an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP – attestation of vocational specialization) with at least 1800 continuing education hours qualifying for a particular trade.

An international student that meets all these criteria can submit a CSQ application through PEQ. This program has no quota and applications are always welcome. PEQ applications are all paper-based, so they’ll be submitted to MIDI in hard copy for processing.

Students applying under the auspices of the Québec Skilled Worker Program must show that they intend to live in the Québec province; however your freedom to work and live wherever you want is protected under the auspices of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a Canadian Permanent Resident.


Here are the requirements for candidates who are applying to be temporary foreign workers under the PEQ:

  1. Legally reside in Québec either as a skilled foreign worker or as part of a youth exchange program (e.g. International Co-op Internship, Young Professionals or a working holiday)
  2. Must have held a full-time management position, technical or professional level for not less than 12 months of the 24 months preceding their application submission as this program does not accept part-time work
  3. Must have held a full-time management job, technical or professional level as at the application submission date
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