Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) – Full Time

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The Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) Program provides individuals with the academic knowledge to seek out career opportunities as practicing Immigration Consultants, as regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). In Canada, you must meet the requirements set out by the council and become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) before you can legally provide immigration consulting services.

Accredited by the ICCRC, this program allows our graduates to meet some of the essential requirements of becoming a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. The Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) Program is designed to equip individuals with knowledge about the immigration law and policy as well as the analytic skills to apply these principles within practical settings. The knowledge acquired will prepare the graduate for taking the ICCRC Full Skills Exam.

For more information on becoming Regulated Immigration Consultant, please visit the ICCRC website.


Program Structure

This full-time program extends over a sixteen week period and includes 320 hours of instructional time.  Classes are held daily, Mondays to Fridays from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Course Descriptions

IMCD 01 – Principles of Immigration Law and Policy

This course introduces students to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This course will focus on topics such as the constitutional and judicial framework applied to the Canadian Immigration Policy, regulations and the policymaking process of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the sources of the Immigration Law, as well as trade agreements.

IMCD 02 – Economic Classes

This course will focus on teaching students the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications for both economic and family classes. Students will learn how to analyze the eligibility of foreign nationals as permanent residents in Canada as members of a class.

IMCD 03 – Temporary Residents

During this course, students will explore and critically analyze the different types of permits, rules, requirements, and applications for temporary resident visas.

IMCD 04 – Refugee Classes

Students will learn how to analyze the principles, legal characteristics and requirements established to assist and represent a client as a Convention Refugee or a Person in Need of Protection. Topics explored in this class will include issues pertaining to removal orders and the process of making refugee claims.

IMCD 05 – Client Representation

This course will focus on teaching students how to assist applicants to apply under any immigration class. Focusing on topics such as how to determine if individual(s) meet the admissions requirements, how to use different forms, how to access references and resources using traditional and electronic sources. Students will also learn how to represent clients at appeals, admissions hearings, examinations, judicial reviews, refugee hearings, and pre-removal risk assessment meetings.

IMCD 06 – Professional Practice Management

This course will provide students with the information that they require to prepare a business plan. Students will also learn about business operations, the various financial aspects of immigration consulting, human resources management, the use of technology and its impact on communications, and about the interworking of communications and marketing.

IMCD 07 – Professional Conduct and Ethics

This course will focus on topics that pertain to ethics, conflicts and the process of ethical decision making. Students will learn about the rules and practice of professional conduct for immigration consultants by exploring case studies and examples.

IMCD 08 – Immigration Consulting Research and Application

This course will allow students to develop information about the existence of professional organizations and government committees that may influence or may be related with the practice of immigration consulting; students will determine sources of data relevant to practitioners.

In order to graduate students must achieve a final average of at least 70%.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting Ashton’s General Admission Requirements,

Applicants must be:

  • Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Proficient in English.

And either

  • University graduates; or
  • College graduates (graduates of a two or three year program); or
  • Individuals with two years of post-secondary education and one year of related work experience; or
  • Individuals with three years of related work experience.

Please review the above requirements carefully before choosing to apply to our Immigration Consultant Diploma, as all application fees are non-refundable.


All applicants must pay a $150 non-refundable application fee, due at the time of the initial application.

Upon admission to the program, a student will be required to elect one of the following payment options:

  • Pay a minimum deposit of $1,500.00 immediately upon admission. The full balance of $4,000.00 is due and payable no later than one week prior to the start date. (Total=$5,500.00)
  • Pay a minimum deposit of $1,500.00 immediately upon admission. The full balance of $4,200.00 is due and payable within 30 days of the start date. (Total=$5,700.00)
  • Pay $5,300.00 immediately upon admission. (Total=$5,300.00)

Ashton College accepts Visa, MasterCard, or a bank draft payable to “Ashton College”. The program may be eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. Students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and must contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Students who have obtained confirmation of funding approval must provide written proof of such funding from the relevant agency or institution at least two weeks prior to the start date.

On January 1st 2016, the following changes will come into effect:

1) Tuition fees for this program will increase to $5,830.00 and will be due and payable on or before the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof on or before the cohort start date.

2) Payment of tuition fees will only be accepted in cash, by cheque or through an accepted online banking portal.

Career Opportunities

The IMCD program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities within the immigration field. Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) are eligible to work anywhere in Canada as well as in several other countries. Although the most common form of employment for RCICs is as a sole practitioner, IMCD graduates may also find employment with law firms, immigration consulting firms and government agencies.