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Quebec Eases PEQ Application Requirements to Retain Graduates

The recent changes to Quebec's immigration policy, specifically the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), have raised concerns and triggered calls for reform.

Quebec Eases PEQ Application Requirements to Retain Graduates

Quebec has long been an attractive destination for immigrants, particularly international students and temporary foreign workers. However, recent changes to Quebec's immigration policy, specifically the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), have raised concerns and triggered calls for reform. In this blog post, we will delve into the issue, examining the criticism faced by the PEQ and the government's response to address the concerns.

The Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) - A Controversial Change

The PEQ was initially introduced as a streamlined pathway for international students and temporary foreign workers in Quebec to obtain permanent residency. However, changes made in 2019 brought about stricter criteria and longer processing times, leaving applicants uncertain and frustrated. Previously, due to the Quebec government's sudden announcement of adding 12-18 months of work experience to the PEQ application requirements, a significant number of international students lost interest in staying in Quebec.

Premier Legault Acknowledges the Need for Reform

Quebec Premier François Legault has acknowledged the shortcomings of the PEQ and emphasized the government's commitment to addressing the concerns raised by applicants. Recognizing the valuable contributions made by international students, Legault stressed the importance of attracting and retaining them in Quebec's society and economy.

The Minister of Immigration for Quebec has stated that the provincial government will introduce a new plan in the coming weeks. The plan aims to address the current immigration challenges faced by French-speaking graduates.

The plan will provide an immigration pathway for eligible international students, allowing them to stay in Quebec and continue contributing to the province. It will specifically target international students who meet the eligibility criteria for the PEQ but are unable to obtain permanent residency due to the PEQ reforms.

The plan's specific details have yet to be announced by the Quebec government. However, the Minister of Immigration for Quebec assures that the plan will align with Quebec's immigration policy and Canadian federal immigration regulations.

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