Immigration Consultant Training Online
Immigrating to Canada can be a complicated and lengthy process. Immigration consultants assist clients with the immigration process. They are knowledgeable about immigration and visa laws, and application processes for various types of visa.
This program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the growing Immigration Consulting industry and the curriculum has been developed in accordance with the regulations of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Areas of study include Immigration and Refugee Law, Temporary Status, Family Sponsorship, Administrative Tribunals & the IRB and Professional Responsibility (Code of Ethical Conduct of Members).
Program length: 24 weeks (480 hours)
**This course is also available at our campus**
Immigration Consultant Online Careers
The Immigration Consultant program prepares students to work in law offices, legal departments of any organization, government offices, private industry or as independent Immigration Consultants.
Examples of recent employers for these positions include: Borders Law Firm, Ferreira-Wells Immigration Services, InCanadaNow, Globex International Group, Mamman, Sandaluk & Kingwell.
Sample average salary: $43,000
Employment Statistics: 97% of available graduates were employed in a related field.
*Statistics based on most recent available.
Online Immigration Consultant Courses
IC100 Immigration and Refugee Law
In this first module student explore; the history of immigration to Canada from both a historical and constitutional perspective; the development of the statutory framework that guides immigration policy; immigration targets and categories; the structure and decision making process of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration; the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the delivery of immigration; precedents set by the Supreme Court of Canada and other land mark decisions in interpreting both legislation of case law; an overview of The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations; legal terminology, formats and language typical to immigration law; and overview of the most frequently used sections of the Act and Regulations; and how to search the different web sites of the government. 45 hours
IC120 Temporary Status
Students study the process of obtaining temporary entry and status in Canada for a client. Various applications and programs are studied, including: temporary resident visas; extensions and; study permits and work permits exempt from service Canada Labour Market Opinion; work permits requiring service Canada Labour Market Opinions and live-in caregivers. Alternatives to the above processes are explored, including: regulatory exemptions, NAFTA, CCFTA, CPFTA, GATS, Intra-company transfers and other corporate employees, SWAP and other programs for young workers. A review of Citizenship and passport issues is included. Ethics studied relate to the above topics and the relevant ICCRC Rules of professional Conduct. 45 hours
IC110 Economic Class
This module deals with the selection categories. Students will be introduced to the appropriate law and regulations for each category discussed; assessment of clients based on the factors for skilled workers; application forms. Students learn about arranged employment: what constitutes an application, substituted evaluation, timely decision, retroactivity and procedural fairness and The Canadian Experience Class. Students are introduced to Quebec Immigration and the various Provincial Nominee Programs. They will be taught business immigration: self-employed, entrepreneurs and investors. 50 hours
IC130 Family Sponsorship, Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications
Students study family class applications. Topics include: definitions and requirements of members of the family class and sponsors; sponsorship agreements and applications for permanent residence; assessment of sponsorships; spousal and common-law in-Canada applications for landing; applications on humanitarian and compassionate grounds made in Canada and overseas. In addition, criminal and medical inadmissibility are covered, as well as rehabilitation and the exercise of discretion by visa officers. 40 hours
IC140 Refugee Law and Protected Persons
Students will learn: the legal framework, eligibility, access to the refugee protection system, a practical analysis of the forms, applications and procedures for making a Convention Refugee claim; the principles and legal requirements for establishing a client is a Convention Refugee or a Person in Need of Protection; an in-depth analysis of the definitions of “Convention Refugee” and “Persons in Need of Protection” and how these are interpreted by the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) and the Federal Court. Also studied are case law, hearing procedures and standards of proof; exclusion; cessation; vacation of protection; Convention Refugee and other protected persons abroad; Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). 40 hours
IC160 Administrative Tribunals and the IRB
Students will be introduced to administrative law and tribunals in general and will focus on tribunal work specific to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB): Topics will include: authority, rules and procedure for appeals by sponsors and appeals by permanent residents who lose their status. They will study residency obligation and appeals; permanent resident cards and ADR; Students study law and procedure for detention reviews, admissibility hearings and removals. 55 hours
IC150 Business IC180 and Client Centred Practice IC150
The students will be provided practical guides on how to begin a practice starting with choosing and opening an office and following with how to get and keep clients, how to handle a consultation; set up a client file; retainer agreements, document check list/tickler; practice management and record keeping ; applicable client account rules. Students are taught interviewing and listening skills, as well as interviewing techniques including effective questioning, non-verbal communication, observation skills, art of listening and interacting with distressed, difficult clients and clients who have withdrawn; keeping clients satisfied; managing relations with employees, agents and fellow practitioners/consultants; financial management; when to charge HST; marketing and advertising will be discussed as well. These topics will be taught keeping in mind the Rules of Professional Conduct of ICCRC. 30 hours
IC170 Professional Responsibility
Students are taught the “Code of Ethical Conduct for Members” as set out by the Regulator, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, as they apply to working with clients, business practice and general ethical conduct as a consultant. They will review what they have learned about Business Practice and Client Centred Practice in Modules IC180 and IC150. They will examine different scenarios to determine what rules under the “Code” have been broken and what the consultant should have done. 20 hours
WE 150 Internship
The internship component of the program is the practical application of a student's knowledge and skills in an industry environment. The internship requires attendance working in the industry setting. The duration of the internship is 155 hours, during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum amount of work experience. Prerequisite: All courses.
(The college reserves the right to modify course content, operating systems, course order and tools during the course of the year) 155 hours
The following are necessary to be enrolled in the program:
- 2 years of post-secondary education (or equivalent);or 2 years of related work experience
- Police Check
- Pass an aptitude evaluation
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
In order to qualify for a diploma, a student must reach the following levels of proficiency:
- Complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of study
- A minimum grade of D (60%) in any subject attempted
- A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 (70%)
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca) requirements are:
- Proof of language ability. Accredited language tests and required scores are as follows:
- ENGLISH: IELTS-A: 6.5 for writing, speaking, listening and reading
- ENGLISH: MELAB: 83 overall, 3 for speaking and 79 for listening, reading and writing
- ENGLISH: CanTEST: 4.5 for speaking and 4 for listening, reading and writing
- ENGLISH: CELPIP-A: 4H for each of the bands
- ENGLISH: CAEL: overall band score of 60
- FRENCH: TEF: 600 for mandatory tests and 300 for optional oral testing
- FRENCH: SEL: 67% for written comprehension and written expression, B- for writing,
- oral expression and oral comprehension
- Police check (required for all countries in which you have resided for six months or more since the age of 18) For Canada, you must provide an ORIGINAL RCMP Certified Criminal Record Check with fingerprints. (visit the RCMP website at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm).
- A statutory sworn declaration is required at the time of application regarding: Countries of residence, police certificates and criminal record · Bankruptcy · Suspension or expulsion from another regulatory body · Practicing immigration law for a fee while unauthorized, contrary to IRPA (In some cases interviews will be administered to those that have violated IRPA in this regard to acquire further information)
- Proof of successful completion of an accredited Immigration Practitioner program
**These requirements are subject to change**
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