Permanent residence for French-speaking foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec, with a recent credential from a Canadian post-secondary institution

Eligibility requirements

  1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada as defined in section 211.1 of the Regulations:
    • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or in Quebec CEGEP
    • a private post-secondary school in Quebec that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions in Quebec
    • a private or public post-secondary institution in Quebec offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
    • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees under provincial law but only if the program of study completed was a degree as authorized by the province, which may not include all programs of study offered by the private institution.
  2. Have been granted one of the following credentials, following the completion of program of study as from an eligible institution as defined in a):
    • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate)
    • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade (listed in Annex A); or
    • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met:
      • For diplomas/certificates/attestations
      • For the DVS and AVS, each program of study must be at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in duration.
  3. Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
  4. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work pursuant to the Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed
  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in French for each of the four language skill areas, as set out in the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  8. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy
  9. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means (apply online). Foreign nationals who, because of a disability are unable to meet the requirement to make an application, submit any document or provide a signature or information using electronic means may submit this application by any other means that is made available or specified by the Minister for that purpose;
  10. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations.

Intake Cap

No cap will be applied to the public policy.

Start and end dates

his public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021. As with all public policies, this public policy may be revoked by the Minister, without prior notice.

Applications received pursuant to this public policy on or after May 6, 2021 up until November 5, 2021, or the date of revocation, if applicable, will be processed under this temporary public policy.

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