Québec Experience Program (QEP) – new pilot programs

2023
Québec Experience Program

The Québec government just launched two new pilot programs under the Québec Experience Program.

The changes to the QEP is said to come into effect in the coming weeks.

The QEP was first launched in 2010, and is popular with foreign workers and international students who have lived and worked in the province of Québec.

In 2019, the Québec government was forced to reverse changes made to the QEP, with critics calling the changes unfair for foreign workers and international students.

Under the proposed changes, foreign workers and international students would have no longer been able to apply for permanent residency under the QEP.




QUEBEC EXPERIENCE PROGRAM REFORMS ANNOUNCED

Québec minister for immigration Simon-Jolin Barrette said that the reforms would:

  1. Better integrate foreign workers and international students into the labour market.
  2. Improve the selection process to better meet Quebec’s labour market requirements.
  3. Improve language proficiency requirements to help foreign workers and international students better integrate in Québec.
  4. Strengthen the QEP’s integrity.




INCREASED LEVELS OF WORK EXPERIENCE NOWW REQUIRED

The province of Québec now requires more work experience from foreign workers and international students to allow for better integration into Quebecois society.

Foreign workers must now have at least 36 months of full-time work experience within the 48 months before submitting their permanent residency application.

The government of Québec also announced that foreign workers with valid Work Permits who submit a permanent residency application will be accommodated.

International students must now have 12 or 24 months of work experience to be eligible to apply under the QEP.

International students who complete a diploma of college studies or a university degree in Québec will be required to complete 12 months of work experience in jobs that are classified as National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes 0, A and B.

International students who complete a diploma of professional studies in Québec will be required to complete at least 24 months of work experience in jobs that are classified as National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes 0, A, B and C.




FRENCH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY FOR SPOUSES OF APPLICANTS

The changes in the QEP will now also require for spouses of foreign workers and international students to demonstrate their language proficiency in French as part of the permanent residency application process.

The government of Québec will no longer accept certificates from educational institutions in the province as proof of language proficiency.




QEP PROCESSING TIMES TO BE ALIGNED WITH QSWP

Permanent residency applications under the QEP were previously processed within 20 days. The QEP is now aligned with the Québec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), which processes permanent residency applications within 6 months.




NEW PILOT PROGRAMS INTRODUCED FOR NURSING AIDES AND WORKERS IN THE TECH SECTOR

The government of Québec is introducing two new immigration pilot programs for nursing aides and workers in the tech sector.

The pilot programs will allow 550 nursing aides, as well as 550 workers in the tech sector, to apply for permanent residency every year.

The pilot programs will allow Québec to maintain its competitiveness in the global technology industry, especially in information technology and artificial intelligence.

For more about the Québec Experience Program, visit the official Immigration Québec website: here.





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