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Updates on eligibility instructions for Quebec Selection Certificate holders


Updates on eligibility instructions for Quebec Selection Certificate holders

The government of Canada updated instructions for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently residing in Quebec on January 31, 2022.


The eligibility requirements section has been reformatted for easier reference and updated to reflect the latest changes. Also, the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption now applies to temporary residents who are in Canada and meet the eligibility requirements of an active public policy.

The government also removed the instructions related to spouses and common-law partners of CSQ holders. Under the Programme régulier des travailleurs qualifiés (PRTQ) and the Program de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ), foreign nationals who are presently residing in Quebec may be eligible to have their work authorizations renewed or extended without needing a Labor Market Impact Assessment.


For foreign nationals to be eligible for a work permit issued under paragraph R205(a) and exemption code A75 as the holder of a CSQ, they must:

  • currently reside in Quebec

  • have or be eligible for restoration of status as a temporary resident

  • at the time of submission, have existing authorization to work or be eligible to have authorization to work restored or approved because they either

  • have a valid work permit (including an open work permit) or held a work permit immediately before losing their status

  • have applied to extend their work permit before it expired (maintained status and authorization to work without a permit under paragraph R186(u))

  • are eligible to apply for a work permit from within Canada under an active public policy

  • have obtained an offer of employment number from their employer (A#) for employment located in Quebec

  • hold a CSQ under the Quebec skilled worker class




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