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How have government services changed for Quebec immigrants? Answers to questions about Quebec immigration during the coronavirus crisis

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Quebec is still processing applications for temporary and permanent selection, though many services for immigrants have changed due to COVID-19.

Immigrants holding work or study permits in Quebec may wonder how coronavirus is going to affect their application for a selection from the province. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) has provided answers to some of these questions.

I have a CSQ, can I still apply for permanent residence?

Yes, Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders can still apply for Canadian permanent residence. Canada is still processing applications for permanent residence, and will not be refused because of missing documents. Instead, applicants will be given an additional 90 days to complete the application.

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What if I can’t work due to coronavirus?

Both the Canadian and Quebec governments have put in place financial assistance programs to help residents who have lost their jobs, or who can’t work because of coronavirus.

Quebec is offering the Temporary Aid for Workers Program, which helps those who are unable to work because they either have coronavirus, or must self isolate because they are at risk. They also may not be receiving Employment Insurance or any other government assistance program or private insurance. This funding can last from two weeks to 28 days.

Those who have lost their jobs may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This funding is for workers age 15 and older who are residing in Canada and will be without work for at least 14 consecutive days. They need to have made at least $5,000 in the 12 months preceding their date of application.

Can I submit an application for CSQ under the PEQ if I lost my job due to coronavirus?

The short answer is no.

Having a job is a requirement to apply for permanent selection through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) as a temporary foreign worker.

However, the 12 months of full-time work experience required to be eligible for the PEQ does not have to be done consecutively. You have 24 months to accumulate the required work experience.

Once you have resumed employment and acquired 12 months of full-time work experience, you can submit your application under the PEQ.

How do international students submit an application through the PEQ while waiting for their diploma?

MIFI will accept official transcripts and attestations of the successful completion of the study program.

International students can apply for permanent selection through the PEQ if they graduated from a Quebec post-secondary institution. The program of study must have been at least two years in duration.

After submitting your diploma, official transcript, or attestation, you have three years to apply for a CSQ. During this time you can get a Post Graduation Work Permit that will allow you to work in Quebec for up to three years. In this time you can obtain the work experience to apply as either a graduate or a temporary foreign worker.

Is it possible to submit documents in person?

It is possible to submit the documents that are intended for the Registraire de la francization in the deposit box located on the ground floor of the MIFI office in Montreal.

At this time, all other documents must be sent by mail.

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