The Quebec Experience Program  (PEQ) is the provincial equivalent to the federal Canadian Experience Class program. The PEQ is designed specifically for foreign workers and students currently living in Quebec. It should be noted that the PEQ is not a point-based system such as the QSW program. As long as you met the specific requirements you would be qualified. As such, the processing time for a PEQ application is significantly shorter as compared to other Immigration Quebec programs.

Depending whether you are a worker or a student there are 2 set of requirements for the PEQ application.

Requirements for student stream

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have intention to settle in Québec and hold employment.
  • Have not violated the terms of your student permit and CAQ.
  • Possess a Québec diploma eligible for the PEQ or expect to complete your study program within six months of the date the next six months.
  • Possess an advanced‐intermediate level of French proficiency.

The following types of diploma are eligible for PEQ.

  • DEP – (Diploma of Vocational Studies) involving  a minimum of 1,800 hours of study
  • DEP followed by another short vocational program (in the same educational field) totaling a minimum of 1,800 hours of study
  • DEC – Diploma of College Studies, technical training program.
  • Bachelor’s degree, university undergraduate.
  • Master’s degree, MBA and PhD graduate studies.

Requirements for worker stream

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have intention to settle in Québec and hold employment.
  • Possess a lawful work permit and is currently working for a Quebec employer.
  • Possess a minimum of 12 months of eligible work experience (skill level O, A or B) on a lawful work permit in Quebec.
  • Possess an advanced‐intermediate level of French proficiency.

Other things you should know about the PEQ program:

  • You can demonstrate your B2 level of French proficiency in the following ways:
  • You have completed you study program in French.
  • Take intermediate French Language classes at an approved institute.
  • Take a French Language test.
  • Unlike the QSW program, under the PEQ program, no interview is required.
  • It cannot be your intention to begin another program of study after your application is approved.

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