Accredited Online Immigration Consultant Courses
- Fundamentals of Immigration Law and History of Immigration
- 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) 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 and case law; an overview of The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations and its most frequently used sections; legal terminology, formats and language typical to immigration law; and how to easily navigate the different websites of the government.
- Research and Submission Writing
- This course describes the concepts of appropriate legal research techniques in order to follow the frequent changes in the rules and regulations of immigration law in Canada. In addition, students learn how to interpret and apply those rules and regulations and appropriate case law to write submissions on behalf of their clients. Students learn the processes, types, and techniques to write structured, logical, and persuasive submissions to government immigration authorities. CanLii, Quicklaw and eCarswell online research tools are available.
- Students learn about inadmissibility on the grounds of security; violation of human and international rights; criminality; health grounds; financial reasons; misrepresentation; non-compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA); and inadmissible family members. Students develop skills to interpret and apply relevant legislation and regulations as they relate to inadmissibility, and learn the role of CIC in the process. In addition, screening clients, collecting relevant evidence, and developing and implementing a case strategy to offer solutions to overcome inadmissibility are explored. Completing Application Forms and preparing submissions is also examined in order to adequately represent a client before relevant government authorities at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).
- Temporary Status
- Students study the process of obtaining temporary entry and status in Canada for clients. This module explores the requirements for temporary resident visa; extensions, student and work visas; change of study or work permit both requiring and being exempt from Service Canada Labour Market Impact Assessment; and the meaning of implied status and restoration of status. Approaches of how to obtain temporary resident permits for persons who are inadmissible or otherwise ineligible are discussed. Alternatives to the above processes are also explored, including: regulatory exemptions, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), Canada – Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), intra-company transfers and other corporate employees, SWAP and other programs for young workers.
- Economic Class
- This module explores the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canada Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and how some of these are managed under the Express Entry electronic selection system. Students are introduced to the requirements and eligibility criteria for each category, how to navigate the relevant application processes and/or complete the appropriate forms based on a clients’ particular situation. Students compare and contrast program requirements from one province to another. Students learn about arranged employment: what constitutes an application, substituted evaluation, timely decisions, retroactivity and procedural fairness. The Live-in Caregiver Program; Self-employed Program; Start-up business visa; Entrepreneurs and Investors Programs; and Quebec Immigration – is covered in this module as well.
- Family Sponsorship Applications and H&C Considerations
- This module examines various applications under the family class. Topics include: requirements for sponsors; classes of persons who can be sponsored under the “family class”; requirements for various types of sponsorship applications; sponsorship agreements; conditional permanent residence; distinctions and requirements for spousal, common-law and conjugal based sponsorships; overseas versus inland sponsorships; and jurisdiction and grounds of appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). Also covered are applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds, including the legal requirements to be met and common grounds such as the best interests of a child directly affected, and establishment in Canada.
- Convention Refugees and Protected Persons
- Students learn: the legal framework of refugee protection; eligibility criteria; a practical analysis of the forms, applications and procedures for making a Convention Refugee claim. Definition of the Convention refugee and its five factors of persecution as stipulated in the Geneva Convention and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; definition of person in need of protection; the Bases of Claim Form (BOC) versus the Personal Information Form (PIF); refugee claimants from Designated Countries of Origin and Non-Designated Countries of Origin and how these are interpreted by the Refugee Protection Division (RPD), the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD), and Canadian Courts including the Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada are covered. Also covered are case law, hearing procedures and standards of proof; exclusion; cessation; vacation of protection; Convention Refugee and other protected persons abroad; delay in making refugee claim upon arrival in Canada; Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA), and the process and grounds for appeal before the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD); the role and responsibilities of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC); the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in determining eligibility of refugee claims.
- Client Interviews
- Students learn about the roles and responsibilities of regulated immigration representatives pertaining to the client intake process, and through the life cycle of a file. They also learn how to maintain professional conduct and demonstrate cultural sensitivity while they interview and screen prospective clients in a manner consistent with the ICCRC’s Code of Professional Ethics. Students are taught interviewing and listening skills, as well as interviewing techniques including effective questioning, non-verbal communication, observation skills, and interacting with distressed and vulnerable clients. Methods of how to collect relevant information; identify the most suitable immigration program(s); determine a client’s eligibility; develop and implement a case strategy with a client; manage a case file; complete the relevant application forms; and how to prepare a client or other witness for a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) are also covered.
- Administrative Tribunals and the IRB
- Students are introduced to administrative law and tribunals in general and focus on tribunal work specific to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Topics include: statutory authorities, rules and procedure for appeals by sponsors, refugees and permanent residents who lose their status; residency obligations and triggering applications such as applications for new or replacement permanent resident cards; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms; the law and procedure for detention reviews, admissibility hearings and removal order appeals.
- Permanent Resident Status and Citizenship
- In this module students learn the definition of Canadian citizenship and receive an introduction to the citizenship application process including, eligibility requirements and processing times. Students also learn how to assess citizenship status; circumstances under which citizenship could be revoked; how to complete a residency questionnaire, collect supporting documents, and develop and implement a case strategy.
- Business Practice and Basic Bookkeeping
- Students learn how to begin a practice as an immigration consultant. Students develop a formal business plan, and examine various business structures including an examination of the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship, partnership or incorporation. Next they explore how to recruit and retain clients; how to manage a client consultation; retainer agreements; how to set up a case file; how to manage a file including document checklists; practice management; and record keeping and financial management, including when to charge HST. Students evaluate considerations of having a home office, virtual office, or a more formal office structure. Finally, how to promote one’s business through marketing and advertisement is covered.
- Professional Responsibility and Code of Ethics
- This module is dedicated to the rules and regulations of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as they are set up in its Bylaws and Code of Professional Ethics. Students learn about standards of professional conduct; ethical practice; how to maintain integrity, professionalism, competence, and quality of service; confidentiality and limits on exceptions. Topics include conflict of interest; restricted scope of practice; preservation of client property; when withdrawal from representation is required and when it is optional; errors and omissions; retainer agreements; agent agreements, and the disciplinary authority of ICCRC. Different scenarios are examined to determine how to conduct oneself under the “Code”.
- Career Development
- This course deals with the development of the student’s career path including internship preparedness and employment acquisition skills. Students prepare to conduct a successful campaign to secure employment through the selection process and to be successful in their career. Topics covered include resume formats, cover and thank you letter preparation, as well as development of proper skills for job interviews.
- 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 an industry setting. The requirement of the internship is 8weeks, during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum amount of 160 hours. Students must complete both the minimum hours and the number of weeks to complete the internship.
The following are necessary to be enrolled in the program:
- Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to take this program and be eligible to write the ICCRC licensing exam.
- 2 years of post-secondary education (or equivalent);or 2 years of related work experience
- Pass an aptitude evaluation
- Satisfactory language test score (passing grade of English or French test set by the education provider).
- 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 34 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 (choose one). Accredited language tests and required scores are as follows:
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