Ashton’s Immigration Consultant Diploma is one of the most in demand across Canada. Our longstanding accreditation by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the success stories from our alumni demonstrate the quality of our curriculum and faculty.
Accredited by the ICCRC, this program allows our graduates to meet the educational requirements of becoming a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. The Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) Program is designed to equip individuals with knowledge about immigration law and policy, immigration classes and temporary status, Refugees and rules of professional conduct, and to apply these principles practically.
The program is structured into eight courses which will allow students to assess, to advise and to represent individuals, groups and entities in the immigration process by strategizing, preparing and presenting oral and written submissions and supporting documents, and advocating on behalf of clients with government bodies.
Upon completion of the requirements and conditions laid down by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) individuals become Regulated Immigration Consultants who provide their services to individuals seeking help to navigate immigration issues in Canada. This may include obtaining advice or assistance with permanent residence applications, temporary residence and visa applications, or refugee claims.
Ashton IMCD alumnus Vitoria Correia started and runs her own Immigration Consulting firm.
For more information on becoming a Regulated Immigration Consultant, please visit the ICCRC website.
Applicants must be:
- 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; and
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or Status Indians within the meaning of the Indian Act (Canada); and
- Proficient in English (please see policy 1033).
Program Formats and Duration
Online (Full time and Part time)
In-class (Full time and Part time)
Full time: November 14, 2016 – March 23, 2017
Part time: November 23, 2016 – May 13, 2017
Full time: January 9, 2017 – May 4, 2017
Full time: November 14, 2016 – March 21, 2017
Part time: February 6, 2017 – November 1, 2017 (Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday)
IMCD 01- Principles of Immigration Law and Policy
This course provides an introduction to the Immigration and Refugee 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 Canadian immigration policy, the structure, regulations and the policy-making process of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the sources of Immigration Law, trade agreements and family classes.
IMCD 02- Economic Classes
This course examines the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications for economic classes.
IMCD 03- Temporary Residents
During this course students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze the different types of permits, rules, requirements and applications for temporary resident visas.
IMCD 04- Refugee Classes
This course deals with the process of a refugee claim. Students will analyze the principles, legal characteristics and requirements established to assist and represent a client as a Convention Refugee or as a Person in Need of Protection. Students will also learn about removal orders and analyze the Refugee Protection Division Rules.
IMCD 05- Client Representation
This course provides students with useful information and skills related to practical client services. It develops the concepts and applications of effective communication skills and interpersonal skills as fundamental strengths necessary for client interaction. Students learn how to assist applicants applying under any immigration class and how to determine their admissibility. A variety of other topics are also covered including prescribed forms, print and online resource materials. Students gain practical experience in representing clients at a wide variety of hearings including appeals, admissibility hearings, examinations, judicial reviews, refugee hearings and pre-removal risk assessment applications.
IMCD 06-Professional Practice Management
The course is designed to guide students in the preparation of a business plan, providing information about a business operation, financial aspects of consulting immigration, and human resources management. Students will also develop knowledge about the characteristics of a learning organization, the use of technology and its impact on communications, the organization communication and the marketing process of the immigration consulting practice. The skills and knowledge developed by students will allow them to apply the principles of business management to the profession.
IMCD 07- Professional Conduct and Ethics
Students will study the concepts of ethics and the conflicts and process of ethical decision making. A thorough analysis of the rules of professional conduct for immigration consultants providing case studies and examples, according to the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) will follow.
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. Students will submit two case studies that will be used to evaluate the student’s knowledge and skills in applying the steps, procedures, methods, and techniques to collect and analyze information. They will discuss with the instructor the case studies and submit their papers for discussion and review, and final presentation.
Those enrolling in online program formats should note:
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.
Users will have the option to install the Adobe Connect add-in which is not required to join a meeting as a host, presenter, or participant. It is needed to support screen sharing and PowerPoint (PPTX format) file sharing. Having the add-in will result in the meetings opening in a larger pop-out window rather than within a browser tab. The latest version can be installed on the Adobe Connect Downloads and Updates site.
Students can also access the webinars through their mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app. To see a list of frequently asked questions with answers and detailed walkthrough guides, please click here.
Make sure to run a test to ensure your device will run Adobe Connect.
Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smart phone to access all class materials.
Tuition fees for this program are due and payable at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
- Application fee: $175
- Tuition fee: $5,830
More information regarding application and tuition fees can be found on our fees webpage:
Note: Tuition fees (all formats) do not include the cost of required textbooks.