Immigration Consultant Diploma
The Immigration Consultant Diploma program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities within the immigration consultancy field. During the duration of the program, students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profession required to advise and represent potential immigrants before Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) are able to work and practice across Canada as well as in other countries. Graduates of the Immigration Consultant Diploma program may also find employment within immigration practices of law firms, immigration consulting firms, and government agencies. To this effect, the program curriculum provides students with the various aspects of immigration law and rules of professional conduct. The program also aims to educate students in the skills necessary to apply this knowledge to represent clients and operate a successful immigration consultancy practice.
The accredited Immigration Consultant Diploma program prepares students to write the Full Skills Examination administered by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to obtain their Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) designation.
Graduates of the Immigration Consultant program, once licensed, will be able to set up their own operation and work with their own clients. Some may prefer to work for an established firm. They can find work with immigration consultant firms, law firms, and with banks, corporations, government offices, and non-governmental organizations.
Duties & Responsibilities
Immigration consultants provide legal services in the area of immigration law as permitted by legislation. Their duties may include the following:
- Represent people applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for entry to Canada
- Represent clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
- Provide legal advice and prepare applications
- Represent individuals in proceedings
- Negotiate on behalf of clients
- Successful completion of at least two (2) years of post-secondary education or equivalent; or
- A minimum of two (2) years of related work experience or equivalent; and
- Satisfactory language test score (passing grade of English or French test set by the education provider).
In order to qualify to write the ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam Full Skills Exam (FSE), and subsequently become a RCIC, I understand it is my responsibility to ensure I meet the mandatory entry to practice requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age; and
- Be a Canadian citizen, Canadian permanent resident, or a Registered (Status) Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act (Canada). This does not mean a citizen or resident of the Republic of India; and
- Graduate from an accredited immigration practitioner’s program within the last three (3) years; and
- Achieve at least the minimum required score on an ICCRC-approved English or French language proficiency test that has been completed within the past two (2) years;
- Provide satisfactory police certificates from every country in which you have lived for six (6) months or longer since age 18; and
- Satisfy the Registrar of your good character and good conduct by completing the Statutory Declaration – Background and Good Conduct attesting to good character and good conduct; and
- Not presently be an undischarged bankrupt or involved in a current creditor proposal or income garnishment arrangement
It is necessary for students to know and understand the role of the executive or administrative branch of government and the principles of law that govern it; principles that evolved from that branch of government’s relationship with the legislative and judicial branches of government.
The course will deal with unique and specific issues to family sponsorships such as validity and genuineness of marriage or adoption, qualification to sponsor, common-law, conjugal and same sex relationships, and “In-Canada” spousal applications. The course also expands on Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations Class applications.
In this course the class exams how to read and apply the Code of Professional Ethics.
The course first addresses the practical responsibilities involved in managing a client case from pre-screening through final reporting and accounts in a manner that meets the needs of the client and the professional obligations of the consultant. In the second part of the course the students will examine how to start-up the operation of their own successful practice.
The course also examines in detail the requirement for employers to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment before they can hire and pursue a work permit for one or more temporary foreign workers. The class will examine the process, steps and documents to obtain one.
The Students will also acquire knowledge of the “Refugee Selected Abroad” process as well as the ability to assist certain parties involved in this offshore process, such as sponsorship groups.