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.

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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.

Career Opportunities

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

Admission Requirements

  • 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).

Entry-to-Practice Requirements

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
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Field Practicum

The purposes of the placement are to introduce the student to the professional workplace and to practice some of the skills learned during the program.

  • 4 weeks full-time
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Program Outline

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to; the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and Canadian immigration laws, policies and procedures. Students will develop knowledge of Canadian immigration history, global immigration patterns, objectives of the legislation, the main criteria governing applications for permanent and temporary entry to Canada, and the structure and role of CIC and IRB.
This course provides students with the ability to counsel and assist economic class clients through the process of determining qualification, researching and developing a case strategy, and selecting and preparing documentation. The course will employ client fact situations requiring the students to counsel clients through the positives and negatives of various possible options.
With the growing complexity of government, administrative agencies are playing an ever-increasing role performing many functions: licensing, investigating, conciliating, adjudicating, policy formation, or advising cabinet. The decisions and actions of such bodies on these and other matters affect a variety of individual and public interests.
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.
This course builds upon what was learned in the Administrative Law course, but it is devoted to the advocacy component of that subject. Students will learn the procedures they need to know to prepare and successfully argue cases before administrative tribunals. The different functions and characteristics of various tribunals under municipal, provincial, and federal legislation are described, and the rules of evidence, as applicable in an administrative context, are examined.
This course provides students with the ability to counsel and assist family class clients (sponsor and applicant) through the process of determining qualification, researching and developing a case strategy, and selecting and preparing documentation. The course will employ client fact situations requiring the students to counsel clients through the positives and negatives of various possible options.
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.
This course will introduce the immigration consultant students to the issues, matters and challenges they will face in immigration consultant practice in Canada. Students will learn about the governance structure for their profession (ICCRC), the scope of immigration consultant practice, and the professional obligations of practitioners.  It will focus on the immigration consultant’s duties to the client, the board (IRB), the Minister and Officers (IRCC), the public, the profession and its regulator.
In this course the class exams how to read and apply the Code of Professional Ethics.
In this course the students will examine two topics; 1) the topic of practice management and, 2) how to start and operate their own successful practice. By handling these topics together, the course will bring to the attention of the students the fact that a practice is a business and operating it as a successful business is necessary to operating it as a responsible practice.
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.
This course provides students with the ability to counsel and assist clients who are foreign nationals looking to enter Canada on a temporary basis for one or more of a variety of reasons: work, study, visit or connected to a permanent application. Students will develop the ability to determine qualification, research and develop a case strategy, and select and prepare documentation. The course will employ client fact situations requiring the students to counsel clients through the positives and negatives of various possible options.
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.
This course provides students with the ability to counsel and assist In-Canada refugee protection claim clients through the process of determining qualification, researching and developing a case strategy, selecting and preparing documentation, and preparing the client for the hearing. The course will employ client fact situations requiring the students to counsel clients regarding the issues in a refugee hearing and the development of the case for presentation.
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.
This course is designed to address the practical tasks involved in meeting the procedural requirements of the immigration process. The student will develop the ability to manage a client case starting from the pre-screening process through to the final reporting and accounts. The topics assume that the student, on becoming a ICCRC member, will be operating as an immigration consultant providing services to members of the public (their clients).  Throughout the course the students will be working on a hypothetical file assignment that must be completed and submitted.
The Business Correspondence Level 1 course places emphasis on the acquisition of skills and style mechanics needed to produce personal and office correspondence. The parts of a business letter are examined in detail, as are the guidelines for organizing and writing a letter. Students will learn how to write neutral and inquiry letters, as well as positive and negative letters. Proper punctuation and word usage skills are also addressed. The latter part of the course deals with creating envelopes and labels using Microsoft Word, as well as writing and managing e-mail using Microsoft Outlook. Writing and creating memos, fax cover sheets, and forms using Microsoft Word templates are also covered.
The Business Verbal Communication course is designed to introduce students to the primary aspects of successful verbal communication in a business context. Students will develop and implement an action plan for continuously improving their own verbal communication skills. They gain practical knowledge about business communications that can be applied in real-world scenarios. In this course, students learn to identify and work toward excellent verbal interaction, whether through speaking, listening, asking questions, conducting or participating in meetings, or conversing on the telephone. Students have ample opportunity to apply the concepts learned by completing tasks and exercises in the course.
The Grammar Essentials for Business Writing course provides students with a comprehensive review of grammar. This knowledge is necessary for an effective and professional image in the workplace. Poor grammar skills create a poor impression, and can result in lost opportunities in employment and in business. The course focuses on grammar, word usage, and punctuation, with an emphasis on common grammatical errors. This course is based on a Canadian perspective. Students are given the opportunity to practice, apply, and develop grammar skills through the completion of tasks and exercises found in each lesson.
Job Search and Resume Writing provides students with both traditional and innovative job-search techniques and resume writing skills required to gain employment in today’s competitive marketplace. The course combines theoretical, how-to information with hands-on practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences to identify work preferences, accomplishments, technical and transferable skills, and to research, organize, and analyze information; and to apply their knowledge in a series of job search preparation and implementation tasks.
The Thought Patterns for a Successful Career course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.