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Immigration Consultant

Program Duration: 25 weeks

CDI College's Immigration Consultant program prepares students to pursue a career as a Canadian immigration practitioner, a legal profession in high demand across Canada.

The objective of the program is to give the student training in all mandatory areas of immigration consulting practice. Both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills are taught, perfected and evaluated.

In completing the program, students are provided a foundation allowing them to begin a successful career working in a legal firm as well as to start their own immigration consulting practice.

This program is accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) which is Canada’s governing body for regulating this profession.

The successful graduate will officially have met the necessary academic requirements to apply for and write the ICCRC’s entry-to-practice Full Skills Exam (FSE). After successfully passing the FSE, graduates will be able to apply for ICCRC membership and become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) with a license to practice anywhere in Canada.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations with the college, and acknowledge their understanding of the college’s policies and procedures provided in the student handbook, prior to starting classes.

  • Successful completion of at least two (2) years of postsecondary education; or A minimum of two (2) years of related work experience or equivalent (e.g. law practice or services related to citizenship, immigrants, refugees, or other international persons); or combination of the two; and
  • Satisfactory language test score of CDI College's English Language Assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older when classes start).

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


Program Courses

IMM101 - Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law
This module introduces students to the Canadian immigration laws, rules, policies, and procedures that are enforced and developed through Canadian government agencies, courts, and tribunals. Students will be introduced to immigration concepts such as grounds for entry into Canada, inadmissibility, permanent residency, and refugee status. Citizenship will also be discussed in detail, including how to process a Citizenship application.
IMM102 - Administrative Law and Tribunals
This module introduces students to the principles of administrative law in Canada and the tribunals that administer them. Students will be introduced to various administrative law concepts and will come to have a full understanding of tribunal processes. IRB application processes will be explored and discussed in detail. Students will also conduct a mock hearing in order to fully comprehend the advocacy skills required to practice as a consultant in this field.
IMM103 - Legal Research and Writing
This course is designed to give the students a clear overview of the skills required to perform legal research as an Immigration Consultant. Students will be introduced to various research concepts that include legal terminology, how to find the law and information related to it, and the sources used to perform the research. Emphasis will be placed on immigration statutes, regulations, and case law. Student will also be introduced to proper writing concepts in addition to presentation techniques for which they will be required to perform a presentation as part of the curriculum.
IMM104 - Operating an Immigration Practice
This course has been designed to direct the immigration consultant on how to research, open, and run an immigration consultant practice. Students will gain an understanding of the skills required to run their business while at the same time, following the rules and policies of the ICCRC and other legislative requirements. Students will draft a business plan in this course and will thoroughly research the resources required to understand this type of business.
IMM105 - Ethics and Professional Conduct
In this course, students will take a detailed look at the ICCRC Code of Professional Ethics. Throughout, students will come to understand their duties as an Immigration Consultant and learn about the nature of their work. Students will be introduced to ethical concepts that include their scope of practice, how to interpret the code, understand the expectations of the ICCRC, and how to represent their clients competently and with integrity.
IMM106 - Refugees, Protected Persons, and Application Processes
During this course, students will explore the various aspects of refugee claims and other relevant processes involved in an immigration matter. Students will be exposed to humanitarian and compassionate applications while also exploring inadmissibility, permanent resident status, and how to complete application forms relating to inadmissibility under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Students will also perform research on a daily basis and will be shown how to implement case strategies and how to research and develop those case strategies.
IMM107 - Immigration Law Procedures
This course will introduce students to the applicable legislative and regulatory requirements that apply to the various applications, forms, and processes involved in the practice of running an immigration consultant firm. Students will explore permanent resident applications, family and economic classes and processes, provincial and territorial programs, and the processes involved for adopting children. Students will also research, develop and implement varying case strategies in each of the areas of practice in order to gain a full comprehensive understanding of the various areas of immigration.
IMM108 - Immigration Practice
This course is partly designed for thestudents to practice what they have learned throughout the entire immigration program Students will apply their learned research skills, prepare submissions, fill in various forms and applications, and continually learn to develop case strategies for any given immigration matter. Additionally, students will learn how to properly interview their clients, manage their case files, and deal with the various required documentation and letters that are required to communicate with their clients and the various immigration departments. Labour Market Opinions and Labour Market Impact Assessments will also be discussed in detail.

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