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Immigration Consultant Courses (ICCRC Accredited - Online & In-Class)

Immigration Consulting | Ashton College

Immigration consultants help people navigate immigration laws and regulations. As an immigration consultant, you will be responsible for advising and representing individuals and groups during their immigration to Canada, and ensuring that the process is as quick and efficient as possible.

Having decided to become a Regulated Immigration Consultant, your first step is to apply to our Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) program. Offered in a variety of formats to suit every lifestyle, the IMCD has gained national renown as the leading program in the field of immigration consulting.

At Ashton, we also offer assistance to those wishing to write the RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam with our LIVE online RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam Prep Course and provide Regulated Immigration Consultants and Lawyers with several seminars and webinars to help them achieve the required number of CPD hours.

RCIC Entry-to-Practice Examination

The accredited Immigration Consultant Diploma program prepares students to write the RCIC Entry-to-Practice Examination administered by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to obtain their Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) designation.

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 an IMCD graduate, you can work as a sole practitioner, or find employment with law firms, immigration consulting firms and government agencies.

Immigration Consultant Courses (ICCRC Accredited - Online & In-Class) Courses

Certificate In Refugee Class Immigration Law (Live Online)

Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law is intended for Immigration Practitioners who are seeking an in-depth knowledge of this area of Immigration Law.

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Certificate In Immigration Tribunal Practice (Live Online)

Certificate in Immigration Tribunal Practice builds students’ confidence in tribunal practice before Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division.

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Immigration Consultant Diploma Program (Live Online)

Immigration Consultant Diploma Program prepares students to become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants and to open their own practice.

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Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate (Live Online)

Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate focuses on developing skills and knowledge required for an entry level position in an immigration office.

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RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam Prep Course (Live Online)

RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam Prep course covers the material of an RCIC exam and helps students to get ready for it.

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  • Li, Fred
  • Li, Fred

    Fred is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Managing Director & Partner at an immigration practice firm in Richmond, BC. In addition to his experience as an RCIC, he has over 10 years of experience working as a Paralegal for various leading Canadian National law firms. The areas of law that he worked in were civil litigation, labour & employment, human rights, family, criminal, corporate, contract, insolvency and alternative dispute resolution.

    After obtaining his Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and many years of working in different areas of law, Fred decided that Immigration Law was his true passion. He obtained his Certificate from the UBC Immigration Practitioner Program in 2011 and has been a practicing member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

    Given Fred’s vast experience in working for one of Canada’s leading law firms, he has extensive experience specializing in Hearings & Appeals before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada, Immigration Investigations that are before the Canada Border Services Agency, Humanitarian & Compassionate applications, Family Class applications, various Skilled Worker applications that are applied through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee programs, Work & Study permit applications, Criminal Rehabilitation, Medical Inadmissibility, Citizenship applications, various Business Immigration applications and preparing Judicial Review applications before the Federal Court of Canada.

    In addition to Fred’s immigration practice, he is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Fred is also an avid volunteer and occasionally volunteers for non-profit organizations such as the Immigrant Services Society of BC and Access Pro Bono. He is fluent in Cantonese and currently studying Mandarin.

  • Soden, Shakuntala
  • Soden, Shakuntala

    I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. I work on Temporary Residence and Permanent Residence applications, including Express Entry and the Family Class. I am contracted to a Sponsorship Agreement Holder to coordinate their refugee applications under the PSR Program. I teach Canadian Immigration Law, Policy & Practice at a university on its Masters in Public Policy & Administration. I have a PhD in Textual Analysis from the University of Roehampton, UK.

  • Mohajer, Nazli
  • Mohajer, Nazli

    Nazli Mohajer holds a Masters of International Comparative Law degree from the USA and Human Resources Management certificate from BCIT. She graduated, with distinction, from Ashton College, Immigration Consultant diploma program in 2009.

    Her past experiences include working for international organizations and companies both in public and private sectors, that include United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and as an in-house legal counsel to a subsidiary of a fortune 500 company (Renault-Nissan), before starting her own immigration practice in Vancouver, BC.

    She has served as a National Director of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants ) in the capacity of Vice President, serving as a member of executive committee and the chair of education and training as well as chair of membership services committee in the span of 4 years.

  • Leon, Hjalmar
  • Leon, Hjalmar

    Hjalmar received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Los Andes in South America, his Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, his Professional Specialization in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. 

    Hjalmar’s immigration consulting practice focuses on temporary residence applications and family sponsorship programs. In addition to his immigration practice, Hjalmar also represented individuals and corporations in administrative matters.

    Hjalmar is fully fluent in Spanish. He is also a collaborator and an active board member of several not-for-profit organizations in the province of British Columbia.

  • Benkhalti, Rita
  • Benkhalti, Rita

    Rita is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with several years of experience working in different countries with people from all over the world. Her personal diverse cultural heritage provides her with a unique world view that led her to her current career – helping people from all over the world immigrate to Canada.

    Rita’s Canadian identity was shaped through living in Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. She dedicates her business, volunteer hours, and personal life to serving immigrants who wish to contribute to the development of the Canadian economy and culture. Not surprisingly, Rita studied a Bachelor’s in Global Political Science at York University in Toronto, a Master’s of International Relations at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, and a Canadian Immigration diploma at Ashton College in Vancouver. She is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, French and English and has plans to keep learning more languages in the future. She is dedicated to creating peace, understanding and cooperation between different cultures.

  • Geselev, Elina
  • Geselev, Elina

    As a graduate of Ashton College, Elina has been building her career as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since 2008. She has prior work experience with various federal government departments, including Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Environment Canada, Transport Canada and Pacific Council. Her area of expertise encompasses law, social work and public administration. Currently, Elina is leading a successful practice providing immigration advice and services to individuals and companies in Canada and overseas.
    Elina studied Criminology and Sociology in Vancouver and partnered with Vancouver Police to work on her key project at Simon Fraser University.

  • Therrien, Dominic
  • Therrien, Dominic

    Mr. Therrien has been a lawyer since 2002 and he has a long and diversified international experience as he lived in the United States, France and Mainland China where he worked for a few years to assist high net worth Chinese clients to immigrate to Canada. He represents many Canadian and international companies, including financial institutions, with respect to their business clients’ immigration needs as well as in regard to labor mobility. During his legal career he assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada.

    In addition to obtaining a Quebec law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in common law, he pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal, and graduate studies in international politics at the prestigious Université de la Sorbonne (Paris, France). Mr. Therrien was called to the Law Society of Quebec (2002), to the Law Society of British Columbia (2010), and to the State Bar of California (2019). Mr. Therrien’s law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

    Mr. Therrien practices law in Canada’s both official languages, French and English.

  • Ramos, Divino Rex
  • Ramos, Divino Rex

    Divino holds a degree in Business. Before coming to Canada, he worked as a Regional Sales Director at DOLE International, and as an International Business Analyst at The Emirates Group. He also published and taught his research on Human Resources at the University of Saint Louis.

    Divino is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with over five years of industry experience. He worked at JBS as an Employment Manager in Alberta, where he oversaw the Recruitment Department and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He also lived in Ontario where he pursued his degree in International Relations, while working as a Human Resources Manager and Senior Immigration Advisor at DVN.

    Currently, aside from being a Managing Partner at DVN, Divino works as a Career Coach, an International Recruiter, and a Global Immigration Advisor for various companies in North America and Southeast Asia. He also volunteers for the Canadian Red Cross and the United Nations, where he usually partakes in the resettlement and youth programs.

  • Alvez, Adeela
  • Alvez, Adeela

    Adeela has absolute passion for the legal profession, which she exhibits by regularly contributing to this field. Her approach to the practice is client-centered. She recognizes that any successful legal representative’s client must be confident that all required work is performed in a professional manner and completed in an efficient way.

    Adeela believes that in order to serve a client well she must resolve the case to their satisfaction. It is for this reason that Adeela’s clients keep coming back to her and continue referring their friends and relatives.

    Adeela’s method of practice encompasses developmental procedures and logistical operations in order to maintain a successful practice, where her detail-oriented nature, as well as her keen understanding of the legal practice, has made her an accomplished Paralegal within the industry. Throughout her experience, Adeela has developed a style that can take the most complex dispositions and simplify them, resulting in successful communication with people of different views.

  • Han, Helen
  • Han, Helen

    Helen Han is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at a boutique consultancy firm in Burnaby, BC.  She provides a wide range of immigration advice and services to clients on various immigration issues.  Her practice mainly involves helping international students with their study permit affairs, as well as advising clients with a work permit, permanent residence & citizenship matters.

    Prior to starting her practice in the field of the immigration law, Helen was an instructor within the Faculty of Logistics at a prominent school in China.

    Helen obtained a Master’s degree in Global Business from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

  • Madani, Shervin
  • Madani, Shervin

    Born in Iran, Shervin grew up in Tehran till the age of 11. He moved to Germany and lived there before moving to Canada in 1993. After finishing college, he worked in the private sector before moving to the government. He started his government career at the Canada Revenue Agency.

    In 2007, Shervin was selected to attend the Border Services Officer training program in Riguad, Quebec. After successfully finishing this program, he was stationed at the Pacific border crossing as a Border Services Officer. In this role, Shervin enforced Canadian Immigration and Customs law. As part of his duties he assessed work permit, visitor visa, study permit, and refugee applications that were presented at the Port of Entry.

    In 2012, after finishing the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program, Shervin pursued a career as a self-employed immigration consultant. Shervin also started teaching at Ashton in 2016.

  • Le, Steven
  • Le, Steven

    Steven Le (BSc, RCIC, NP) obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 1996. In 2005, Steven was admitted into the Notary Public program run by the University of British Columbia and the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Since 2007, Steven has been commissioned as a Notary Public for the province of British Columbia. He was a Chair for Notary Public Vancouver East Chapter from 2014–2016.

    With his professional work as a Notary Public, Steven has had an opportunity to meet and interact with clients from many different backgrounds and cultures. Steven recognized the need for a well-trained, qualified and honest immigration consultant to assist people in bringing their loved ones to Canada. In May 2011, Steven obtained his designation as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He enjoys his work as an instructor and has assisted many clients in various immigration matters.

  • McKay, Ron
  • McKay, Ron

    Ron McKay has been employed in the Canadian immigration field for over thirty years. He was previously employed as a locally engaged Immigration Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 1986 to 1996. When he returned to Canada, he was employed as the in-house Immigration Consultant for the law firm of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1996 to 2016.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Laurentian University and he is a graduate of the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

    Ron was the First National President for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) in 1999–2000. He subsequently served as a National Director for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) from 2011 to 2016. He was the National Chair of ICCRC from 2015 to 2016.

    Ron has over 20 years of experience in the education sector, having been an English as a Second Language Instructor in Tokyo, Japan; an instructor for the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program; and the Director, Immigration Practitioner Programs and IMCD instructor for Ashton College from 2017 to present.

    Recreation-wise, Ron is a curler and a curling instructor, and he is the President of the Vancouver Curling Club for 2018-2019. He also has practiced Japanese martial arts and holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Shorinji Kempo. He is presently studying Chinese martial arts. He also performs music for charitable events on drums and percussion.

  • Parsai, Al
  • Parsai, Al

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He runs his successful business in downtown Toronto, Ontario with many employees. Al is the author of “88 Tips on Immigration to Canada.” He is a member of ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) and CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants). Al has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 35 countries to the Canadian immigration authorities.

    Al, who holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, has extensive experience as an author, trainer, and public speaker. He has written ten books and hundreds of articles in the past 20 years. Al has also delivered many courses, workshops, and speeches in four different countries.

    Immigration to Canada is Al Parsai’s passion. He deals with the immigration process on a daily basis. He represents hundreds of applicants to the federal and provincial immigration authorities at the same time. Al is proud of his profession and recommends it to anyone who wants to help others build a better life.

    When it comes to training, Al truly believes in interactive education. He thinks a variety of training activities based on real-life events could help students explore issues from different angles and understand them thoroughly.

  • Shah, Rasik
  • Shah, Rasik

    Born in Kenya, Rasik Shah grew up in a multicultural society speaking several languages, and studied Law at Lincoln’s Inn, London, where he was called to the bar as a Barrister at Law in 1963. Returning to Kenya, he practised as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, specializing as a criminal lawyer. In 1974, he immigrated to Canada, took the Common Law exam set by Osgoode Hall, and qualified as a barrister and solicitor, becoming a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

    Rasik practised law for 15 years, then took a break from law by leading trekking trips to the Himalayas in India for the next 12 years, travelling widely among Buddhist communities in the north, including an overland trip from Nepal to Lhasa in Tibet. He has also done some travel writing and published some short fiction. He returned to practise as refugee counsel by qualifying as an immigration consultant in 2002, apart from doing a stint with CBSA as a hearing officer.

    In 2006, Rasik joined Ashton College and set up the refugee module program, and also started teaching the IMCD 04 refugee module. In 2008, he was appointed a member of the IRB by the Governor General in Council and functioned as a refugee claims adjudicator for a year at the Refugee Protection Division, Vancouver, resuming instruction at Ashton College thereafter and taking up his practice as refugee counsel again. His hobbies are creative writing, chess, and a passionate interest in literature; he is also committed to human rights causes. He is pleased to see indications of a new refugee-friendly environment in Canada.

  • Tayde, Cristie Lane
  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Cristie Lane Tayde attained her Bachelor’s degree and Certificate in Immigration from the University of British Columbia. She has been a Regulated Canada Immigration Consultant with BC Happy Homes Immigration Services since 2009. Though their company caters for clients from across the globe, they have several offices set up in the Philippines, where Cristie often goes to conduct seminars and provide consultation services.

    Aside from her work as a consultant, Cristie is very involved in volunteer works within the local Filipino-Canadian community.

    She was a former Board Member and Secretary for the Philippines Canada Trade Council, and has also had a regular stint on a local radio station discussing immigration matters, and has provided her services by writing immigration columns in local newspapers. Cristie is a second-generation immigration consultant, which instilled in her a passion to help people as she was growing up.

  • Correia, Vitoria
  • Correia, Vitoria

    Vitoria Correia earned her Bachelor of Law from Lusiada University, Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 and was called to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2001. Her ensuing ten-year legal practice focused primarily on immigration, family and public law. As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Vitoria enjoys conveying her knowledge in a classroom setting, as well as representing and advising her clients on various immigration matters.

  • Power, Gerry
  • Power, Gerry

    Gerry Power has extensive expertise in immigration and citizenship matters with over 35 years of experience in both public and private sectors. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Gerry started his career at the Citizenship Branch of the federal government in Ottawa. He then joined the Quebec Immigration Department, where he worked for 30 years as an Immigration Officer and Program Manager and Director, in charge of various Quebec Immigration Offices abroad.

    Gerry has lived in many countries and travelled extensively. He is familiar with numerous cross-cultural environments. Based in Hong Kong, from where he manages his Canadian immigration consulting firm, Gerry is a Regulated Immigration Consultant and is registered as a Quebec Immigration Consultant.

  • Bowden, Shawn
  • Bowden, Shawn

    With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, the transition into immigration was a natural one for Shawn Bowden. For the past five years, Shawn has been working in the field of immigration, advising the provincial government on immigration policy, writing columns on immigration-related issues and conducting international immigration seminars.

    Shawn spent several years working in Japan, and is excited about sharing his global experiences with Ashton students.

  • Djuricic, Nevena
  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Nevena Djuricic earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sarajevo. Before immigrating to Canada, she practiced law in her home country and was appointed a municipal court judge for Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987.

    In 2002 Nevena graduated from the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

    Nevena is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and a former CAPIC BC Chapter, Policy and Lobbying Committee member, who was working on promoting and protecting the integrity of the profession by communicating with federal and provincial government agencies and media. She was also a presenter at the CAPIC Continuous Education Seminars.

    Nevena has been teaching the Immigration Practitioner Program for Ashton College since 2006. In 2012 Nevena received the Faculty Award, presented to an instructor that projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community.

    Nevena is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, a member of ICCRC since its inception and has had many years of experience in the field of immigration.

    Nevena is an avid skier and, for many years, served as a parent co-coordinator for the Grouse Mt. Tyee Ski club and the Vancouver Ski Team.

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