International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+)
The International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+) is a new open work permit option for Quebec-selected permanent residence candidates.
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The new IMP+ work permit, also known as the Programme de mobilité internationale plus
(PMI+) in French, has been introduced to help reduce the waiting time before applicants and their families can settle and work in Canada.
In general, foreign skilled workers selected by Quebec must wait for their application for permanent residence to be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada before they can move to live and work in Quebec.
The IMP+ work permit will allow certain applicants selected by Quebec (meaning those who have received a Quebec Selection Certificate - or CSQ), but who reside abroad, to move to the province and begin working and settling in while their application for permanent residence is pending, rather than having to wait for federal approval.
If approved under the IMP+, applicants will receive a three-year open work permit allowing them to work for almost any employer in Quebec. As the work permit is province-specific, however, applicants will not be able to work in any other Canadian province. Family members accompanying the applicants will be able to obtain a work permit or a study permit.
In 2022, the IMP+ is subject to a cap of 14,700 applications, reflecting the fact that some individuals who have received CSQs in recent years may be among those eligible. Beginning in 2023, the annual intake cap will be set at 7,350 per year.
IMP+ is now open for applications. To qualify for a province-restricted open work permit through the IMP+, foreign nationals must:
- live outside Quebec when they apply;
- hold a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) that proves they have been selected for permanent residence through the Regular Skilled Worker Program or the permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors;
- have received an IMP+ letter of invitation from Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI); and
- submit a complete application for a work permit, including the applicable fees.
How to Apply
Step 1: With very few exceptions, applicants must submit their application online. Be sure to have a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents and a credit card to pay your fees.
Step 2: Pay the processing fees for a) work permit b) open work permit holders c) biometric data collection services, if applicable d) restoration of status, if applicable.
Step 3: Create your online account or login to your account to complete a work permit application.
Step 4: Obtain a list of required documents by answering a list of questions.
Step 5: Fill out the form.
Step 6: Upload the completed application form and required documents to your application.
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