A Quebec Selection Certificate, or certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) is a document showing that an individual has been declared by the Quebec provincial government to be eligible to live in the province of Quebec. In general, the CSQ is used as supporting documentation for a federal-level application. By itself, it does not allow entry into Canada, and it does not constitute a work or study permit.
In addition to supporting federal applications, the CSQ can streamline the process of renewing or extending the process of extending or renewing a work permit for individuals who live and work in Quebec. Most federal skilled worker programs require applicants and/or their employers or potential employers to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the job position. The LMIA is designed to determine that the position requires skills that are not easy to obtain locally.
A valid CSQ allows you to extend your work authorization with your current employer, or to renew it with a different employer, without needing to obtain the LMIA, regardless of your occupation skill level.
Individuals with a valid CSQ can apply to renew or extend their work permits in the following categories:
Individuals wishing to extend or renew their work permits using a CSQ must meet the following criteria:
If you are accompanied by your spouse or common-law/conjugal partner, he or she is allowed to apply for an open work permit that will allow him or her to work for any employer in Quebec.