International Mobility Program Plus: Open work permits for Quebec Selection Certificate holders outside Quebec

From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The International Mobility Program Plus is open to new applications

You can apply for an open work permit under the 2022 cap for the International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+). In 2022, we’ll accept up to 14,700 work permit applications for this program.

If you apply after we reach the cap

Check this page to make sure spots are still available. If you submit your application after we reach the cap, we 

  • will not process your work permit application
  • will refund your fees

You can reapply when this stream reopens to new applications in January 2023.

Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders who live outside Quebec are eligible for an open work permit. This work permit will allow you to work for almost any employer in the province of Quebec.

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Who can apply

To be eligible for this open work permit, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Apply online

You must apply online for your open work permit.

2. Live outside Quebec

At the time you apply for your work permit, you must live

While you must be outside Quebec to apply for this work permit, you must intend to settle and work in Quebec.

3. Hold an eligible CSQ

Your CSQ must

4. Have a letter of invitation

You must have received a letter of invitation from the province of Quebec to apply for this work permit.

5. Have an eligible status (if you’re already in Canada)

If you’re already in Canada, but outside Quebec, you must

Spouses or common-law partners (overseas or in Canada)

Your spouse or common-law partner can apply for an open work permit if you’re eligible for this open work permit.

Your spouse or partner can apply online at the same time as you.

If your spouse or partner doesn’t apply at the same time as you, they can’t apply for a work permit until your application is approved.

Who’s not eligible

You’re not eligible to apply if

How to apply

You must apply online for this open work permit. You can’t apply at a Canadian port of entry and you can’t apply on paper unless you’re eligible.

Who is eligible to apply on paper

If you apply on paper, you must write “International Mobility Program Plus-A76 cap 2022” on the envelope.

Step 1: Make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you need

Step 2: Pay your fees

You must pay the following:

Step 3: Create your online account or sign in

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to

How to start your application

Once you sign in to your account, you need to

Step 4: Get your document checklist

You must answer some questions to create a personalized document checklist.

Applicants outside Canada

Make sure you answer these questions correctly:

  • Answer “No” when asked I have a job offer and my employer gave me an offer of employment number or LMIA number (or proof that your employer applied for an LMIA).
  • Answer “Yes” when asked Will you be coming to Canada under an active public policy or special measure announced by IRCC?
  • Answer “Quebec” when asked What is your province of destination? If visiting multiple provinces, select the one in which you will be spending most of your time.
  • Answer “A work permit for provincial nominee certificate holder” when asked What type of work permit do you want to apply for? 

Applicants in Canada

Make sure you answer this question correctly:

  • Workers and students applying in Canada must select “Worker” when asked What is your current immigration status in Canada?
    • Note for students: This is a temporary measure while we update the application system.
If you need to restore your status
  • When asked What is your current immigration status in Canada?, select “Worker”.
  • When asked When does your status in Canada expire?, enter the date that your status expired.
  • Answer “Yes” when asked

    Does one of the following apply to you?

    • I am subject of a removal order that is unenforceable
    • I applied for a study or work permit before entering Canada which was approved, but not issued at a port of entry
    • I am in primary or secondary school, or a visiting or exchange student, in Canada with visitor status
    • I am applying for an open work permit under an active public policy or pilot program announced by IRCC
    • I am a student who has completed a program of study that is a prerequisite to my enrolment at a designated learning institution with visitor status in Canada
    • I applied for permanent residence and was found eligible (first stage approval) under one of the following classes:
      • Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada
      • Humanitarian and Compassionate cases
      • Protected Persons in Canada
      • Live-in Caregiver in Canada
  • Answer “Quebec” when asked What is your province of destination?”.
  • Answer “Yes” when asked Do you have a ‘Certificat de selection du Québec’ (CSQ) for an application for Permanent Residence under an immigration category that was submitted to an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Office or Case Processing Centre?

Step 5: Fill out the form

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application.

Once you get your document checklist, fill out the application form and supporting documents.

The guide will explain how to complete each field on the form.

Special instructions to fill out the form

When you fill out the work permit application form, enter 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.
    • For Duration of expected employment, we need to know how long you’d like your permit to be valid.
      • Enter the date you’d like to start working as the Start date.
      • You can ask for an End date for up to 3 years from the Start date.
      • You can’t ask for a date beyond the expiry date of your passport.
If you’re in Canada and you need to restore your status
  • For question 3 in the first section, I am applying for one or more of the following:, make sure you also choose “Restore my status as a worker”.
  • For question 7 In the Personal details
    • Under Status, select “Other”.
    • Under Other, type in “Requires restoration”.
    • Leave the From and To boxes blank.

Step 6: Upload the correct documents

Your documents must show that you’re eligible to apply for an open work permit under this stream.

You must upload the completed application form and include the following documents with your application.

There’s only 1 Client Information field. You may need to combine more than 1 document in 1 file and upload them together. Find out how to upload multiple documents into 1 field.

For applicants outside Canada
Caption text
Required document Where to upload the file in your account

Certificat de sélection du Québec

What to do if your CSQ has expired

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Certificate

Letter of invitation from the Quebec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI)

Letter of Support from province or territory

CV/résumé (Upload a blank document)

CV/résumé 

Copy of your passport (all pages must be included)

Passport

Digital photo

Digital photo

Family Information Form (PDF, 1,669 KB) (IMM 5707)

Family Information Form (IMM 5707)

Employment Contract Instructions - Document: Employment Contract (Upload a blank document)

Employment Contract Instructions - Document: Employment Contract

Proof that you Meet the Requirements of the Job Being Offered (Upload a blank document)

Proof that you Meet the Requirements of the Job Being Offered

For applicants in Canada
Caption text
Required document Where to upload the file in your account

Certificat de sélection du Québec

What to do if your CSQ has expired

Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ)

Letter of Invitation from MIFI Client information
Copy of your passport (all pages must be included) Passport
Digital photo Digital photo
Family Information Form (PDF, 1,669 KB) (IMM 5707) Client information
Proof you live outside Quebec Client information

For all applicants

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After you apply

Find out what to do and what happens after you apply for your work permit.

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