According to Canadian immigration lawyer David Cohen of Campbell Cohen, the province of Quebec is beginning an “accelerated and simplified immigration program” that will apply to both international students and specialized foreign workers to help facilitate their immigration to Canada.
The new, simpler regulations are intended to stimulate the economy of Quebec by attracting highly qualified international students to Quebec and also by encouraging those already in Quebec to stay.
Indeed, the new rules apply to immigration candidates already in Quebec as international students or foreign workers; if granted a “Certificate of Selection of Québec” (CSQ), their applications will receive priority.
How does one qualify for a CSQ? According to Cohen,
International students must have obtained a secondary school vocational diploma, a diploma of college studies in a technical program, or a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or a doctorate from an educational institution recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education. To be recognized for Quebec immigration, these studies must have been completed in French or the applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time studies in French at the secondary or post-secondary level or have successfully completed a level B1 French course at a Quebec educational institution.
CSQ candidates not currently in Canada may apply from anywhere provided they have received a diploma in Quebec within two years prior to the regulations’ effective date.
Quebec’s Immigration Minister Yolande James stresses that she believes the new streamlined program will encourage even more international students to go to Quebec to study and stay on to work there.
Would this easier road to immigration make you more likely to consider Quebec a possible international study destination?
Guest post by Michelle Fabio, About.com Guide to Law School, who also writes about doctoral degrees online at DoctoralDegreesOnline.org.