Applying for permanent selection

Depending on your situation, you can submit an application to one of the two streams of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program):

  • Temporary foreign workers 
  • Québec graduates

Submitting your application

As of January 26, 2021, all permanent selection applications for the PEQ are made on the Arrima platform.  If you submitted your application by mail before January 26, 2021, you cannot use Arrima to track your file or to change your application.  

Follow these steps to submit your application for the PEQ:

1- Complete parts 1 and 2 of the permanent selection application form 

If you are applying under the temporary foreign worker stream, use the Demande de sélection permanente Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ) – Travailleur étranger temporaire form (PDF 664 Kb) (in French only).

If you are applying under the Québec graduate stream, use the Demande de sélection permanente Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ) – Diplômé du Québec form  (PDF 818 Kb)(in French only).

Be sure to date and sign all forms and declarations. Keep all of the documents you submit to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration.

2- Prepare the documents to support your application

You will find the list of documents to be submitted in part 2 of the permanent selection application form. 

You must scan all original documents in colour. Save them in PDF format (Portable Document Format).

If a document has multiple pages, scan them together into one document.

Make sure that all documents are:

  • legible;
  • complete;
  • exact.

Keep all documents you submit.

If you cannot provide one of the required documents, you must attach an explanatory letter. This letter must justify why it is impossible for you to obtain and submit this document.

3- Create an account on the Arrima platform 

Create your account in Arrima. This hyperlink will open in a new window.

If you already have one, sign in.

4- Submit your application for permanent selection in Arrima

You have to:

  • provide information on accompanying family members;
  • upload your supporting documents and your permanent selection application form;
  • pay the fees for reviewing your application.
  • submit your file.

You will receive a notification by email and in the Arrima message centre to confirm receipt of your application.

You can add documents at any time. If any documents are missing during the processing of your application, you will be informed.

Pay the fees for the review of your application

The following are the fees to be paid for the review of an application for permanent selection as of January 1, 2021. These fees are adjusted every January 1.

Principal applicant: $822

Spouse, de facto spouse: $176

Each dependent child: $176

You have a maximum of 60 days after presenting your application to pay the fee for reviewing your application, otherwise your application will not be submitted.

The fees must be paid:

  • in full;
  • in Canadian dollars;
  • by you or by a third party.

These fees are non-refundable, even if your request is refused or rejected.

Payment methods

You must pay by credit card the fee for reviewing your application. 

Processing time

If your application is complete, it will be processed within 6 months

This timeframe begins when the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration receives:

  • your permanent selection application;
  • your supporting documents;
  • payment of the processing fees for your application.   

This may be longer if you have to attend an interview.

Assessing your application

Your application must be complete to be processed. To be admissible, your application must include:

  • A copy of parts 1 and 2 of the application for permanent selection form, depending on which stream you are applying to. The copy must be legible and complete.
  • Documents to support your application.
  • Payment of the processing fees for your application.

If your file is missing any of these items, you will have 60 days to provide them. If you do not, your application will be rejected. 

Attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values

When your application is processed, you will receive a request from the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration to obtain an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values This hyperlink will open in a new window. (attestation). This request will be sent to your Arrima message centre.

You will then have 60 days to obtain the attestation. The members of your family included in your application (spouse aged 16 and over and dependent children aged 18 and over) must also obtain the attestation within this period. Otherwise, your application will be rejected.

You will not receive this application if you and your family have already obtained your attestation.

Decisions

After reviewing your application, there are three possible outcomes:

1. You are selected

If you meet all of the program requirements and an interview is not required, you will receive:

  • your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ - Québec selection certificate) and those of accompanying family members;
  • information on the next steps in your immigration process.

2. Your application is refused

You will receive a letter advising you that your application for permanent selection will be refused if:

  • you have not fulfilled all the conditions of the program;
  • you have not submitted all the documents requested in the proper format and in the given deadline.

To be selected, you must present documents or justifications that could improve your application and allow you to meet all the conditions of the program.

Following your response within the deadline, the review of your application will continue. You will then receive a decision of acceptance or refusal.

If you do not respond within the given deadline, your application will be refused. You have the option of submitting an application for administrative review.

3. Your request is rejected

You will receive a letter advising you that your application for permanent selection will be rejected if:

  • The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has reason to doubt the authenticity of some of your declarations or the documents you have provided;
  • you have provided false or misleading information or documents;
  • you have not sent convincing evidence, within the given deadline, to dispel the grounds for rejection submitted;
  • you did not show up for your interview at the given date.

You must present convincing evidence to dispel the grounds for rejection communicated to you in the letter.

Following your response within the requested deadline, the review of your application will continue. You might also be called for an interview. You will then receive a decision of acceptance or rejection.

If you do not respond within the given deadline, your application will be rejected. You have the option of submitting an application for administrative review.

Adding or removing a family member after submitting your application

You can add or remove a family member in your permanent selection application. These family members may be:

  • a spouse;
  • a common-law partner;
  • one or more dependent children.

To add a spouse to your application, you must complete a new permanent selection application and submit it on Arrima. You must both:

  • fill out the form;
  • sign the form;
  • attach your documents in the required formats;
  • pay the processing fees for your application.

To add a dependent child, you must provide all required documents in Part 2 of the permanent selection application form and submit them on Arrima. You must also pay the application fees to add a dependent child.

If you add a family member, you must pay the extra application fees. If you remove a family member, the application fees that you have already paid are non-refundable.

Anyone added to your application who is 18 or older will have 60 days to obtain their attestation of learning about democratic values and Québec values This hyperlink will open in a new window. unless they:

  • Have a valid student or work permit and have already attended an Objectif Intégration session.
  • Are exempted by the regulation.

Submitting an application for permanent selection using a representative

It is not necessary to use the services of a person you pay to undertake your immigration procedures. No priority or special treatment will be granted to you if you use the services of an immigration professional.

If you still decide to use the services of a paid person to represent you, see the page Retaining the paid services of an individual This hyperlink will open in a new window..

You and your representative must both have an account in the Arrima platform. 

Then, you can establish a representation link in your respective accounts.

Your representative can then present your application. 

The information published on this website has been simplified and provides a summary of the main legal and regulatory provisions. It does not replace in any way the official texts of laws and regulations. For more detailed information about a particular rule, refer to the Québec Immigration Act This hyperlink will open in a new window. (chapter  I-0.2.1), to the Québec Immigration Regulation This hyperlink will open in a new window. or to the Immigration and Protection of Refugees Regulations (SOR/2002-227) This hyperlink will open in a new window..