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Updates to the IRCC Quebec CSQ and Open Work Permit Programs



IRCC published programme delivery updates for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders outside Quebec, as well as for open work permit processing and issuance under the International Mobility Program, on December 7, 2022.


Policy, procedures, and guidance used by IRCC staff for application processing are included in programme delivery updates.


International students who have a PEQ-eligible Québec diploma, 12 to 18 months of full-time work experience in Québec (depending on the type of diploma), and are currently employed full-time in Canada can apply for a CSQ in the skilled worker category.


While the International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+) allows you to obtain a three-year open work permit, this permit allows you to enter Quebec and integrate into the labor market more quickly. However, this only applies to Québec.



Outside of Quebec, updates for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders:


The changes to the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) that affect CSQ holders outside of Quebec are listed below.


First, the guidelines have been updated to state unequivocally that candidates can apply for and be granted an open work permit under the LMIA exemption before or after submitting an application for permanent residence.


Second, the section on eligibility requirements has been updated. It states that if an application for permanent residence has been filed, it must have been filed before the CSQ expired and must still be in process.


Then, under "Documentary evidence," instructions were added to clarify that submitting the application for permanent residence is not required if the applicant has applied for permanent residence to IRCC through one of Quebec's economic immigration streams. In this case, however, the applicant must submit one of the three documentary pieces of evidence specified in the instructions.


In addition, as a reference tool, a comparative table of the categories available through the International Mobility Program for CSQ holders was added. In the instructions for the Quebec cases, a similar table was added.


Finally, instructions on how to submit the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for applications received on or after November 16, 2022 have been added to the NOC field.


Open work permit - General processing and issuance changes


To begin, a note has been added to the "City of Destination" field, which was under the "Work permit issuance in the Global Case Management System (GCMS): Unrestricted" heading.


Second, for applications received on or after November 16, 2022, the NOC field has been updated with instructions on how to enter the NOC code.


Furthermore, the table under "Open work permit LMIA exemption categories" has been updated to include new types of spouses or common-law partners who are eligible to apply for an LMIA-exempt open work permit (for example, spouses of CSQ holders and spouses of provincial nominees). Previously, the instructions mentioned skilled workers' spouses.


There are two new sections: "Work permit application refusals" and "Previous updates."


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