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PR in Quebec or Move to Toronto

bis_86

Full Member
Mar 11, 2014
49
1
Hi Friends,

I am in a precarious condition at the moment , I work as a Data Scientist in Montreal since 2018 April .I moved here for the job after my Msc ( from SFU,BC) ,my work permit runs till 2021 Feb ,I have not applied for PR yet .
I wanted to know opinions about the two options that I have
1. Move out of QC and apply for Federal PR . I do have flexibility to work from home so I can move to Ottawa and continue to work from there but my lease runs till 2020 Sep ,so I have to break my lease to move out .

2 . I can apply for PEQ(?) and get a PR here in QC .I don't know French that well so that is going to be a mountain to climb :(

My doubts with these option are
1 . if I apply Federal PR and state that I will move out once my lease ends .Does it sound like a good plan
2. with the current state of Quebec immigration , is it possible to apply for PEQ and get PR quickly

Also in worst case scenario , if I don't get PR before 2021 Feb ,will I be able to extend my open work permit
 

nikhil56

Star Member
Jan 22, 2019
191
87
1. No, by living in Quebec, you are diminishing your chances of getting approved by the visa officer for an Express Entry application and your chances will be 50-50 if you apply express entry from Quebec. So without waiting for the hopeless Quebec immigration system, you should break your lease, move to Ottawa, work from home & apply Express Entry asap. If you havent been reading the news lately about how botched Quebec's immigration system is, please go thru my posts in this forum.

2. Without being fluent in French, you will not get PEQ (your spouse shud also be fluent in French as per new rules), so assuming you get PEQ (applicants from certain countries are double checked for French fluency even if you submit French test results) , the waiting time at Federal stage is 2 years currently, by that time your work permit will expire and it will create more stress & complications. Without a CSQ, you will need to go thru LMIA work permit renewal process (a little bird told me that CAQ govt will soon make LMIA process include French fluency too)

TLDR;
Lease transfer/break your lease, move to Ottawa and work from home. Also get a letter from your Quebec employer that the employer is ok with you working from home from Ottawa because the very fact that you are working for a Quebec employer can raise concerns with the visa officer checking your EE application. So that letter will alleviate the visa officer's concerns.
 

Immstu

Champion Member
Jul 31, 2017
1,165
229
1. No, by living in Quebec, you are diminishing your chances of getting approved by the visa officer for an Express Entry application and your chances will be 50-50 if you apply express entry from Quebec. So without waiting for the hopeless Quebec immigration system, you should break your lease, move to Ottawa, work from home & apply Express Entry asap. If you havent been reading the news lately about how botched Quebec's immigration system is, please go thru my posts in this forum.

2. Without being fluent in French, you will not get PEQ (your spouse shud also be fluent in French as per new rules), so assuming you get PEQ (applicants from certain countries are double checked for French fluency even if you submit French test results) , the waiting time at Federal stage is 2 years currently, by that time your work permit will expire and it will create more stress & complications. Without a CSQ, you will need to go thru LMIA work permit renewal process (a little bird told me that CAQ govt will soon make LMIA process include French fluency too)

TLDR;
Lease transfer/break your lease, move to Ottawa and work from home. Also get a letter from your Quebec employer that the employer is ok with you working from home from Ottawa because the very fact that you are working for a Quebec employer can raise concerns with the visa officer checking your EE application. So that letter will alleviate the visa officer's concerns.
Appreciate unbiased and straightforward replies from you. Someone who knows ground realities too well can only guide others. Thanks
 

Amit Mamnani

Full Member
Dec 21, 2018
31
25
Hi folks,
I got PR and moved to Edmonton Canada this month. Waiting for PR card. I wanted to know can we move to Montreal and settle straight away on PR or we need to get CSQ first ?
 

Immstu

Champion Member
Jul 31, 2017
1,165
229
Hi folks,
I got PR and moved to Edmonton Canada this month. Waiting for PR card. I wanted to know can we move to Montreal and settle straight away on PR or we need to get CSQ first ?
After PR, no need of csq.
Any particular reason for moving to Montreal?
 

erwin2020

Member
Nov 15, 2019
17
4
1. No, by living in Quebec, you are diminishing your chances of getting approved by the visa officer for an Express Entry application and your chances will be 50-50 if you apply express entry from Quebec. So without waiting for the hopeless Quebec immigration system, you should break your lease, move to Ottawa, work from home & apply Express Entry asap. If you havent been reading the news lately about how botched Quebec's immigration system is, please go thru my posts in this forum.

2. Without being fluent in French, you will not get PEQ (your spouse shud also be fluent in French as per new rules), so assuming you get PEQ (applicants from certain countries are double checked for French fluency even if you submit French test results) , the waiting time at Federal stage is 2 years currently, by that time your work permit will expire and it will create more stress & complications. Without a CSQ, you will need to go thru LMIA work permit renewal process (a little bird told me that CAQ govt will soon make LMIA process include French fluency too)

TLDR;
Lease transfer/break your lease, move to Ottawa and work from home. Also get a letter from your Quebec employer that the employer is ok with you working from home from Ottawa because the very fact that you are working for a Quebec employer can raise concerns with the visa officer checking your EE application. So that letter will alleviate the visa officer's concerns.


@bis_86 follow this advice and you willl win years of your life waiting for Quebec immigration