New conditions came into effect on July 22, 2020. The following transitional measures apply:

You may submit your application under the selection conditions in effect before July 22, 2020, if:

  • You obtained a diploma eligible under the Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ - Québec experience program) by December 31, 2020. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration accepts attestations of successful completion and diplomas that were issued by education institutions after December 31, 2020, if you completed your program of study by that date.
  • You were in Québec on July 21, 2020, as a temporary foreign worker with a valid work permit or were authorized to work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations This hyperlink will open in a new window. (SOR/2002/227).

If you had successfully completed an advanced intermediate course, were in the process of completing it, or were already registered for it on July 21, 2020, you may submit an attestation of successful completion of this course as proof of your French proficiency. This transitional measure also applies to your de facto spouse or spouse included in your application.

Since July 22, 2021, spouses included in a PEQ application must have Level 4 spoken French. Your spouse will not have to demonstrate knowledge of French if you are applying under the temporary foreign workers stream and had a valid work permit on July 21, 2020, regardless of when the application was submitted.

If you submit your application under the temporary foreign worker stream, your de facto spouse or spouse will not have to demonstrate knowledge of French if you had a work permit that was valid on July 21, 2020, and you were living in Québec on this date.

If you submit your application under the Québec graduate stream, your de facto spouse or spouse will not have to demonstrate knowledge of French if you obtained your admissible diploma by December 31, 2020.

All applications submitted prior to the effective date of the new regulations will be processed under the selection conditions in effect before July 22, 2020.