After obtaining your Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate)
Apply to the federal government for permanent resident status
After receiving your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate), you must submit an application for permanent residence (visa).
Renewing your work permit
If you already work in Québec and wish to continue working and living in Canada legally, you must have a valid work permit during your process of obtaining permanent residency from the Government of Canada.
The steps to take to renew your authorizations vary depending on whether or not you have submitted your permanent residence application.
If you have not submitted a permanent residence application, you may submit an LMIA-exempt, employer-specific work permit application to the Government of Canada. In this case, a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ - Québec Acceptation Certificate). However, your employer will have to make approaches to IRCC and will have to pay the fees relating to compliance in the Government of Canada Employer Portal.
If you have submitted a permanent residence application, two situations may arise:
- You have obtained an acknowledgment of receipt of your permanent residence application
- You have not received an acknowledgment of receipt
- With an acknowledgment of receipt
You may submit a Bridging Open Work Permit application to the Government of Canada. In this case, you do not have to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
- Without acknowledgment of receipt
You may submit an LMIA-exempt, employer-specific work permit applications to the Government of Canada. In this case, you do not have to obtain a a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ - Québec Acceptation Certificate). However, your employer will also have to make approaches to the Government of Canada. Your employer will have to pay the fees relating to compliance in the Government of Canada Employer Portal.
Transitioning from temporary to permanent status
When you transition from temporary immigration status to permanent status, you must make changes to certain documents.
Social insurance number (SIN)
You must obtain a permanent social insurance number when you obtain permanent residence. For the steps to take, consult the page Social Insurance Number from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Health insurance card
You must file a new application for a health insurance card with the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) by presenting the documents relating to your new status.
The health insurance plan may not cover your medical care for a period of three months. If this is your situation and you do not benefit from the group insurance of your educational institution or your employer, you are strongly advised to obtain private insurance for this period.
You have to obtain a Québec driver's licence for the authorization to drive.
You may have obtained authorization to drive in Québec using the driver's licence from your country of origin. You will be able to continue using your foreign driver's licence in Québec for a maximum of 6 months after the date on which you obtain your permanent status.
Integration steps in Québec
To promote your integration as soon as you obtain your Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate), you can:
- Register for Accompagnement Québec on Integration service for immigrants.
- Consult the guide Settle and integrate in Québec.
- Improve your French by following online French courses offered by the Government of Québec.
- Start the steps to Obtaining recognition of your competencies acquired abroad .