38.1. The Minister issues a selection certificate as a skilled worker to a foreign national who stayed temporarily in Québec with the main purpose of working in Québec or in the context of a youth exchange program under an international agreement entered into by Québec or Canada, if the foreign national
(a) complied with the conditions of the foreign national’s stay and the foreign national is lawfully in Québec at the time of filing his or her application;
(b) holds, at the time of filing his or her application, full-time employment in Québec, in a skill level higher than C within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification, and held such employment during a period totalling at least 12 months in the 24 months preceding that filing;
(c) accompanies the application with the result of a standardized French test showing an intermediate oral knowledge of French, level 7 or level 8 according to the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent, or with a document certifying that the foreign national has met the linguistic requirements of a professional order, or has successfully completed at least 3 years of full-time studies in French at the secondary or post-secondary level or an intermediate French course, level 7 or level 8 according to that scale or its equivalent, offered by a Québec educational institution in Québec; and
(d) complies with Factor 9, that deals with financial self-sufficiency, of the Selection grid for the economic class in Schedule A.