Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) – Online

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The Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) Online Program gives students the opportunity to become part of this exciting field without being present on campus. Students who enroll in this online format receive the same excellent quality of instruction they would receive if they were attending an in-class program.

Using the latest in education technology, students taking part in this collaborative study program will interact with their instructor and their peers using online education tools provided by Google Apps for Higher Education.

Students of this program will need access to a computer and the internet to log in to their course website on a regular basis, participate in online discussions and work with peers on group assignments. Prior to the start of the program, students will be provided with the necessary support and instructions explaining how to access their virtual classroom.

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.


The IMCD online program gives you more flexibility, plus the online tools are really useful and interactive. The instructors are very helpful and the course design is efficient.

Chris Yin - Immigration Consultant Diploma Online, 2012

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants.
  • 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.

Program Structure

This program extends over a forty two week period and consists of 320 academic credit hours. In addition to the online materials, live webinars with Faculty are scheduled for a minimum of two hours per week. Students can access course information and webinar sessions from any internet-enabled device. We recommend that students who cannot attend the live sessions watch the recordings.

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Google Apps for Education to provide a set of software tools designed to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online.


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

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

  1. Pay a minimum deposit of $1,500.00 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)
  2. Pay a minimum deposit of $1,500.00 upon admission. The full balance of $4,200.00 is due and payable within 30 days of the start date. (Total=$5,700.00)
  3. Pay $5,300.00 in full and final settlement 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 who have obtained confirmation of funding approval must provide written proof of such funding from the relevant agency or institution at least one week prior to the start date.

Technical Requirements

Students should have a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones to participate in webinars. High-speed internet access is also required. To view the full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Students can also access the webinars through your mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app.

Make sure to run a test to ensure your device will run Adobe Connect.


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

Course Descriptions

IMCD 01 – Principles of Immigration Law and Policy

This course provides an introduction to the Canadian Immigration Protection Act. Students will explore the history of immigration to Canada, the historical and constitutional views. They will study 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 economic classes.

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 focus on providing students with information about the existence of professional organizations and government committees that may influence or may be related to the practice of immigration consulting.