There is a temporary suspension of the recently-planned changes to Quebec’s accelerated selection program for Permanent Residence, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ). The government has restored the PEQ’s selection criteria that prevailed before November 1, 2019. This suspension has been set for an undefined period of time to allow the government of Quebec to consult with public and private organizations.
There is a temporary suspension of the changes to Quebec’s accelerated selection program for Permanent Residence, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), according to a November 8, 2019 announcement by Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI). The government has restored the PEQ’s selection criteria that prevailed before November 1, 2019.1
This suspension has been set for an undefined period of time to allow the government of Quebec to consult with public and private organizations with respect to the updates in occupations presently in demand for the province of Quebec.
To date, foreign candidates established in Quebec and seeking permanent residence, have heavily relied on this fast-track selection program.
The changes that came into effect on November 1, 20192, were focused on limiting access to the PEQ, particularly for students and temporary foreign workers. According to these changes, only graduates from studies in specified sectors or temporary foreign workers with experience in a job identified on the list published by the MIFI as being in a labor shortage, are eligible for the PEQ.
Nevertheless, the government has now temporarily suspended the enforcement of these restrictive changes until the occupation list is updated to reflect the actual needs of the local labor market and this may provide immigration counsel, global mobility program managers, and foreign employees entering via this program some breathing room. They may continue to abide by procedures and policies in place with respect to the selection criteria for the PEQ that prevailed before November 1, 2019. However, they will need to fulfill the requirements under the other changes scheduled for January 1, 2020.
The current suspension will not delay the implementation of the upcoming changes projected for January 1, 2020, which will consist of the following:
As such, married individuals or those in a common-law relationship intending to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) under the PEQ must establish that they both meet the minimum French knowledge requirement. Otherwise, if they are unable to meet the language requirement, they can still submit an application under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) through the online platform, ARRIMA, which remains unchanged following January 1, 2020.
a) Official results obtained following a French language test recognized by the MIFI;
b) Acceptance by a Professional Order of Quebec;
c) Having completed three (3) years of full-time studies in French at a secondary or post-secondary level.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your usual qualified immigration counsel or the immigration team with KPMG Law LLP (Canada). We will continue to monitor the implementation of the changes affecting the Quebec immigration programs and provide you with immediate insight and strategies as appropriate.
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration or labor law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration and labor matters.
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