How CSQ holders can extend their stay in Canada

Steps Quebec newcomers can take to extend their work permits while waiting on a decision from Immigration Canada.

Foreign nationals selected by Quebec under its Regular Skilled Worker Program and its Quebec Experience Program who currently reside in the province may be able to have their work permits extended without needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If you are working in Quebec and holding a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ), you need to have a valid work permit while you are waiting on a decision for your immigration application. When it comes time to renew your work permit, the next steps vary depending on whether you have submitted your permanent residence application. If you have applied for permanent residency, the type of work permit you apply for will depend on whether you have received an acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)