Staying in Québec permanently

If you wish to stay in Québec permanently, you could submit a permanent selection application to one of the Québec immigration programs for skilled workers.

To learn the conditions of these programs or to submit an application, consult the following pages:

If you have submitted a permanent residence application, you could also be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). For the steps to take, go to the Renewing your authorizations to work temporarily in Québec page.

Extending your work stay after obtaining your Québec Selection Certificate

If your application in one of the above programs is accepted, you will obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). You will then need to apply for permanent residence with the Government of Canada.

If you work in Quebec, you will need to keep a valid work permit while you apply for permanent residency to continue to stay and work in Canada legally.

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 applications This hyperlink will open in a new window. to the Government of Canada. In this case, you do not have to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

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 may submit a Bridging Open Work Permit application This hyperlink will open in a new window. to the Government of Canada. In this case, you do not have to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

You do not have an acknowledgment of receipt

You may submit an LMIA-exempt, employer-specific work permit applications This hyperlink will open in a new window. to the Government of Canada.  In this case, you do not have to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

Last update: March 16, 2022

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