Quebec Immigrant Investor

The Quebec government continues to promote the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program. The three primary conditions to be eligible under the program are:

Demonstrate a personal net worth of at least $1.6 million legally acquired through conducting business or holding a high-level management position in a private company, government or NGO.
a) Having owned and operated a business for two years in the previous five years, OR
b) Having held a high level management position for two years in the previous five years in a private company, government or NGO.
Invest $800,000 in a passive government guaranteed investment for a period of five years and receive no interest. Applicants may finance their investment and liquidate only $180,000 to $220,000 into a government approved financing program for five years and receive no return of capital.
Every year, the government places numerical and territorial quotas on applications.


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Quebec Immigrant Entrepreneur Program

The Quebec Immigrant Entrepreneur Program aims to recruit individuals who have the skills and experience to operate a business in the province. The primary conditions to apply are:

Demonstrate a legally acquired personal net worth of at least $300,000.
Demonstrate significant ownership and day to day senior management of a successful business for two years in the previous five years.
Commit to investing a minimum of $100,000 in establishing, purchasing or expanding a business or entering into a successful partnership and retaining at least 25 per cent ownership interest.
Commit to creating at least one full time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Applicants are also evaluated according to various selection factors and must obtain a minimum number of points based on their education, work experience, age, language proficiency, business plan, and ties to Quebec.

Every year, the government accepts a limited number of applications in the entrepreneur category.


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Quebec Experience Program

The Québec Government has introduced a new program to encourage foreign workers and international students completing a program of post secondary studies to permanently remain in the province.

The Québec Experience Program (PEQ) is a new simplified process leading to permanent residence for two categories of applicants. The program allows temporary foreign workers and international students to apply for permanent residence from within Québec after completing a period of qualified work or approved studies.

Québec Experience Program for Students:

For students to be eligible, they must have studied in Québec and are at the advanced stages of obtaining one of the following types of diplomas:

Diplôme d’Études Professionelles (DEP – Diploma of Vocational Studies) involving 1’800 hours of study;
DEP and an Attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (AVS – Attestation of Vocational Specialization) totaling 1,800 hours;
Diplôme d’Études Collégiales, formation technique (DEC – Diploma of College Studies, technical training);
Bachelor’s degree;
Master’s degree; or
The diploma or degree must be granted by a university or by a public education institution located in Québec and recognized by the government. In addition, the international student must possess an intermediate knowledge of oral French. The student can prove his knowledge of French by one of the following:

Completed one of the above programs in French;
Studied in French on a full-time basis for at least two years in a secondary or post-secondary educational institution;
Completed an intermediate-level French course given in Québec;
Passed a recognized standardized French test such as (Test d’Evaluation Français) (TEF); or
Satisfied the language requirements of a professional Order in Québec.
Students may submit their application for permanent residence from within Québec six months before completing their program of study. The Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ) is issued to the student upon confirmation of successful completion of an approved program of study.

Québec Experience Program for Temporary Workers:

To qualify under the PEQ, the applicant must be residing temporarily in Québec as a temporary foreign worker or as a participant in an approved work holiday program.

The applicant must have been employed full-time in Québec at a technical, professional or managerial level for a period of 12 months in the 24 months that precede the submission of the application. The 12-month period need not be continuous and can be accumulated with more than one employer. The applicant must have been employed in an occupation with a skill level higher than “C” under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).

In Québec, full-time employment constitutes a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week. Time spent as a self-employed can be used to qualify for the 12-month requirement. However, part-time work is not eligible under the PEQ.

At the time of submission of the application, the temporary foreign worker must be employed full-time and must be in full compliance with the visa conditions of a temporary foreign worker.

The temporary foreign worker must also possess an intermediate knowledge of oral French. To prove French language abilities, the applicant may choose from among one the options described above.

Priority Processing:

Under the PEQ program, there is no selection interview. Selection decisions are made solely from the information and documentary evidence submitted on file. It is anticipated that processing delays will conclude in approximately 1-2 months to issuance of a CSQ. Once issued, the applicant would apply for permanent residence through an appropriate federal immigration office to conclude health, security and related matters.


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Quebec Self-Employed Program

To qualify under the Quebec Self-Employed Program, applicants must meet the following conditions that differentiates them from the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Have two years of applicable experience.
Possess a personal net worth of $100,000.
Have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their family.
Work in a profession defined in the National Occupational Classification. Prospective applicants must also meet licensing requirements for their profession.
Like skilled workers, a self-employed applicant is assessed on nine factors and must obtain sufficient points in order to qualify.



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