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Immigrating to Quebec

Immigrating to Quebec – a smooth transition for the candidates you recruit

We offer immigration support by taking care of the immigration procedures for international candidates and individuals who dream of immigrating to Quebec.

Do you wish to immigrate to Quebec?

In a professional context?

As a family?

We will help you succeed in your immigration project, to realize your dream of working and settling in Quebec!

In Quebec and Canada, as in many other places around the world, immigration is a complex process and subjected to several legal requirements. Our expertise in work permit, visa and citizenship applications ensures that a high percentage of the files we submit are accepted.

* 99% of the applications we submit are accepted.

What you need to know for an immigration project in Quebec :

  • In Quebec and in Canada, four ministries share the responsibilities and elaborate the rules concerning immigration rules. We take charge of both federal and provincial procedures and we ensure a personalized follow-up.

  • PHOENIX-GMI has a 99% acceptance rate for foreign workers. The reason for this success lies behind in the presentation of impeccable files that comply with the requirements of the various ministries.

  • PHOENIX-GMI supports your immigration project in various contexts: obtaining a work permit, visa, study permit, sponsorship, permanent residence and citizenship application.

  • We maintain a close relationship with candidates by supporting their integration in a professional context.

Comment immigrer au Québec

We solve complex immigration cases because we have expertise in recruiting foreign workers.

Contact us, we often provide support in last minute cases!

Business Immigration Services

We support you in your international recruitment process through the 9 steps we have developed over the years! 

PHOENIX-GMI Recrutement international

To ensure that your new employees can immigrate with their families, we do everything we can to make your life easier and their arrival an enjoyable experience. We have found that this is the best way to promote labor retention.

In addition to our international recruitment process, we also offer the following services…

  • The LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) and the CAQ (Quebec Acceptance Certificate)
  • Work permit application with or without a visa
  • Extension of work permits and renewal of other legal documents.

Contact us to learn more about hiring a qualified foreign worker.

Immigration Family Services

Immigrating to Quebec

is more than a project.
It is a dream come true
for many qualified
employees and
their families.

Do you dream of settling in Quebec, and working and living here with your family? You can trust PHOENIX-GMI to help you realize this dream.

Obtaining a work permit is the first step in the immigration process. Put the odds in your favour by reaching out to us so we can make your dream come true.

PHOENIX-GMI guides you through the various stages of your immigration to Quebec and Canada, including

  • Family repatriation and sponsorship
  • Renewal of work permits
  • Application for permanent residence, renewal of permanent residence card
  • Application for citizenship
Comment immigrer au Québec

Visa and study permit in Quebec

We support your study project in Quebec by providing the necessary expertise to guide you. Whether you are the child of a temporary foreign worker or a student in a professional or university program, we will guide you towards the right approach and take the necessary steps with you.  

We can also advise you on how to renew a study permit in Quebec.

Contact us to tell us about your project.

Immigration et permis d'études au québec

FAQ Immigrating

What type of support is offered by PHOENIX-GMI?

We offer long-term support and our role is to ensure that you have access to the resources and strategies necessary to facilitate the integration of candidates into your company. We offer personalized assistance to ensure that the integration of each candidate goes as smoothly as possible in terms of francization and familiarization with practical and cultural life in Quebec.  

We also take the necessary steps to ensure that work permit applications comply with government requirements, which allows temporary foreign workers to remain in their positions in the long term. Immigration services are also offered for all types of procedures ranging from visitor visas to complex humanitarian cases.

What are the steps to follow to recruit a foreign worker in Quebec?

Here are the steps to take when recruiting a foreign worker already living in Quebec.

First of all, you must explore the Canadian labor market and check whether permanent residents or Canadian citizens could be willing and able to fill your company’s vacant positions.

At the same time, you may contact us and tell us what type of candidate you are looking for. We will begin the pre-screening process based on your needs. We will then determine the most appropriate category of work permit, with or without an exemption from the LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) and CAQ (Quebec Acceptance Certificate), depending on the vacant position and the candidate’s profile.

3 steps are required to obtain a LMIA:

  • obtain an EIMT and a CAQ,
  •  submit the candidate’s application for a work permit,
  • go through a Canadian visa office or port of entry.

For work permits with an exemption from the LMIA, you will have to apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the work permit after submitting the job offer on the employer portal.

Once these steps are completed, the candidate can come to Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will issue a work permit at the port of entry regardless of the type of license presented: with LMIA-CAQ or on exemption. PHOENIX-GMI will file a work permit application with a Canadian visa office beforehand, depending on citizenship. Of course, if the candidate already holds a work permit on Canadian territory, it will be possible to request an extension. 

What training do you offer to businesses concerning temporary foreign worker immigration?

PHOENIX-GMI has partnered with immigrant- settlement and economic development organizations to educate employers on the basics of work permit applications.

Consult our social media publications as we offer webinars, not only to share with you the latest government updates but also provide information about immigration procedures or cultural and professional integration.  The objective is to make the teams in place aware of the richness of cultural diversity and inclusion. Our goal here is to raise awareness about the benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion in professional settings.

What happens if a selected candidate withdraws from the recruitment program before arriving in Quebec?

If such an event happened during a PHOENIX-GMI recruitment mission, our team would propose another candidate at no additional cost. If immigration procedures have already been initiated, we will file a new application and only the required government fees and expenses will be charged to the employer.

If you have organized your own recruitment mission and you have only mandated us for immigration services, we will evaluate what can be done you will be charged according to your situation.

If you have carried out your own recruitment and you have mandated us for immigration services, we will evaluate the work carried out and you will be invoiced according to the situation.

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Selin Deravedisyan-Adam Cofondatrice Directrice de l’immigration et experte-conseil en mobilité internationale

Selin Deravedisyan-Adam


Director of Immigration and International Mobility Consultant

[email protected]
514 903 9959 or
418 476 8381 #312

Selin’s career profile

A pioneer and passionate practitioner, Selin has dedicated her career to international mobility since 1993. Her extensive expertise and excellent reputation are rooted in her family history. As an immigrant herself, she moved from Turkey to France and later from France to Quebec. She was rapidly immersed in an administrative role, social work and linguistics that are specific to professionals who support immigration.

Married in France at the age of 20 to Christian, co-founder of PHOENIX-GMI, she moved to Sherbrooke in Quebec alongside her family in 1999. Later, she collaborated with the University of Sherbrooke’s Entrepreneurship Institute and was invited by the Ministry of Education to teach courses on how to start a business. At the same time, she developed her own company in international mobility, which became PHOENIX-GMI in 2013.

In 2008, Selin became a regulated Canadian immigration consultant and eventually obtained her license for the province of Quebec. She positioned herself as a reference in terms of statuses based on work permits both in Quebec and in Canada. Quebec International, a para-governmental organization working in the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches region, hired her as an expert consultant, trainer, participant in consultation tables and strategic development agent with its members.

In 2018, she was elected President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants for the Quebec region. This new position brought her to work directly with federal and provincial immigration authorities while ensuring that the profession was ethically and effectively represented.

These days, she is continuously motivating her team towards excellence in international recruitment and immigration services, all the while realizing her life ambition of helping people from all over the world to experience a smooth and peaceful immigration and integration into Quebec society.

Christian H. Adam Cofondateur Directeur général et responsable du recrutement international

Christian H. Adam


Managing Director and Head of International Recruitment

514 903 9959 or
418 476 8381 #311

Christian’s profile

Christian’s career path has been remarkable. As a student of Armenian origin, he emigrated from Turkey to France where he pursued studies in chemical engineering. After a few years in the rubber industry, he gained great expertise in the field, started managing laboratories while traveling through Europe. He diversified his activities towards related sectors: automotive, military equipment and health.

In the troubled context of the Kosovo war in 1999 – a conflict which had repercussions throughout the whole of Europe – he chose to immigrate to Quebec with Selin, his wife (and the firm’s co-founder), as well as their children. There he started managing the research and development laboratories of two Sherbrooke-based companies, considered as leaders in the polymer industry. At the same time, he learned about human resources management and personnel administration in a unionized environment. Along with this flourishing career, he developed multicultural approaches then adapted them to specialized training in business launches and coaching of new immigrants.

Committed to support international mobility, Christian cofounded PHOENIX-GMI in 2013 and simultaneously launched a consulting firm in the rubber industry. From this moment onwards, he was solicited by clients throughout Quebec to oversee the recruitment of foreign candidates in various positions, ranging from production to product finishing and quality control measures.

These days, Christian works as an intercultural mediator. Excelling at implementing international recruitment solutions, he allows companies throughout Quebec to address their labor shortage problems, while helping many qualified foreign workers realize their dream of immigrating to Canada.