In order to preserve the integrity of the Foreign Student Program, the Government of Quebec and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have agreed to limit access to the post-graduation work permit to foreign students who have completed a of subsidized studies in Quebec.


This measure was announced today by the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration and Minister responsible for Mauricie , Mr. Jean Boulet and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Mr. Sean Fraser.


Non-subsidised private educational establishments attract a large number of foreign students. Shortcomings had been brought to light in recent years in these educational institutions. The measure will make it possible to make the necessary corrections and to harmonize the eligibility rules for the post-graduation work permit that prevail in Quebec with those in effect in the other provinces.


The tightening concerns only private educational institutions for which only subsidized study programs will still allow access to the post-graduation work permit. The study programs offered in flight schools are not affected by the tightening announced today. The list of study programs offered to the private sector still allowing access to a post-graduation work permit as of this date is currently available on the IRCC website.


The new criteria will be in effect from September 1, 2023. Foreign students who complete their study program before this date will have access to the post-graduation work permit according to the current criteria.


I therefore invite you to read the press release and also invite you to circulate the information in your network.


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