Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently outside Quebec [R205(a) – A76] – International Mobility Program

These instructions apply to IRCC employees. Since applicants cannot submit their applications at a port of entry, the instructions do not apply to border services officers.

The instructions on this page should be reviewed in conjunction with

On May 24, 2022, ministerial instructions regarding the processing of applications under the Quebec International Mobility Program Plus (Quebec IMP+) were issued. IRCC, in agreement with Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), determined that the work of some temporary workers currently residing outside Quebec and holding a valid Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) creates significant social, cultural or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents as required under subsection 205(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

Note: The applicant must have obtained a CSQ as a skilled worker. They can apply for this work permit before or after submitting an application for permanent residence to IRCC.

This labour market impact assessment (LMIA) exemption category was announced as IMP+.

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Foreign nationals selected by Quebec who are currently overseas or reside in a province other than Quebec but intend to reside and work in Quebec may be eligible for an open work permit.

IRCC and Quebec are finalizing an agreement that would enable CSQ holders outside Quebec to apply for an open work permit under R204(c). Until the agreement is signed, work permit applications from CSQ holders outside Quebec will be assessed under R205(a).

Processing cap

As set out in the ministerial instructions for this work permit category, a maximum of 14,700 work permit applications are to be accepted for intake in 2022 (calendar year). For clarity, all applications submitted under this LMIA-exemption administrative code A76 will be counted against the cap, regardless of whether approved, refused or withdrawn.

Cancellation of applications exceeding the cap

Once the cap of 14,700 is reached, IPG will inform the integrated networks that the cap has been reached and a public notice will be issued on the IRCC website.

For online applications, where the biometric fee is paid with the application, the biometric instruction letter (BIL) is issued automatically 24 hours from the date of receipt of the application. The Centralized Network will query for over-the-cap applications on a daily basis and take the following steps:

The following steps should be taken by the processing office for applications received over the cap:

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an LMIA-exempt work permit issued under subsection R205(a) and administrative code A76 as the holder of a CSQ, a foreign national must

Applicants who are in Canada in a province or territory other than Quebec at the time of submission must

The following foreign nationals are not eligible under this exemption category:

Documentary evidence

The following documents are required from all applicants:

Although the submission of the application for permanent residence is not mandatory, if the applicant has submitted an application for permanent residence to IRCC under 1 of Quebec’s economic immigration streams they must provide 1 of the following documents:

The following documents are required from in-Canada applicants:

The applicant must submit this proof using the “Client Information” slot in the electronic application.

Receipt of open work permit applications

Note: CSQ holders who reside in Quebec at the time of submission are not eligible under this exemption category. Consult the Comparison table of categories that are available under the International Mobility Program for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders (PDF, 629 KB).

Applications submitted by applicants who used the Application For Work Permit Made Outside of Canada [IMM 1295] (PDF, 573 KB) application form will be processed by the relevant migration office.

Applications submitted by applicants who used the Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada [IMM 5710] (PDF, 588 KB) application form, and who are residing in Canada but outside Quebec at the time of submission, will be processed by the Centralized Network.

Important: Not all mandatory documents are requested in the online document checklist. Applicants are given instructions on the IRCC website on how to identify themselves under the IMP+ stream and where to upload the supporting documentation when they apply online.

Officers should note that applicants are given specific instructions on how to complete the IMM 1295 and IMM 5710 application forms. These instructions can be found at International Mobility Program Plus: Open work permits for Quebec Selection Certificate holders outside Quebec.

Applicants are instructed to input the following in the “Details of intended work in Canada” section:

Box 1: What type of work permit are you applying for?

Select “Open Work Permit”.

Box 4: “Job title” and “Brief description of duties”

Enter “CSQ holder outside Quebec – OWP” in the “Job title” box.

Enter A76: International Mobility Program Plus in the “Brief description of duties” box.

Officers should be aware that

  • the “Job title” box on the IMM 1295 and IMM 5710 forms maps to the “Intended occupation” field in GCMS
  • the “Brief description of duties” box maps to a case note in GCMS

Work permit issuance in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)

The open work permit is issued under the authority of subsection R205(a) and coded as follows:

Field Selection or Input
Case Type 27
Exemption Code A76
Province of Destination Quebec
City of Destination Quebec NES (not elsewhere stated)

9999 (if the application is received on or before November 15, 2022)

99999 (if the application is received on or after November 16, 2022)

Intended Occupation Open
Employer Open
Valid to 36 months from the date of issue or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first.
Conditions – Medical If no medical examination was completed, see Medical conditions to be imposed for open employer but occupation-restricted work permits 
Conditions - Location

The following location condition must be imposed:

Not authorized to work in any location other than stated.

User note (mandatory) CSQ holders – A76


If a permanent residence application is still in processing, a work permit extension may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The duration of an extension is 1 year. However, officers may use their discretion, depending on current processing times for Quebec skilled worker permanent residence applications.

The applicant must provide proof that they have submitted a permanent residence application and received an acknowledgment of receipt letter from IRCC. Another letter of invitation from Quebec is not required.

Genuine spouses and common-law partners

The spouse’s work permit must always be restricted to the same province (Quebec) as the principal applicant’s job location and should not be amended.

Refer to Spouses or common-law partners of Quebec selection certificate (CSQ) holders

Work permit application refusals

When the officer’s decision is to refuse the work permit application, they should clearly state what eligibility or admissibility requirements are not met and why they are not satisfied. Consult Decision making: Standard of review and process for making a reasonable decision.

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