How to Move Into Immigration Law as a Paralegal

Published On: November 30, 2020

Immigration law is a sector of the legal field that continues to show impressive growth. If you’re an experienced paralegal, then you can be part of that growth by furthering your immigration law knowledge. Here at Ashton College, we offer a variety of advanced paralegal courses which are designed to give you the knowledge you need to specialize as an immigration law paralegal.

Immigration law is a vast topic and there are many advanced areas of immigration law that a paralegal can specialize in. At Ashton College, we offer the following courses for paralegals: Canadian Citizenship Law, Immigration Law Principles, Permanent Residents under Canadian Immigration Law, Temporary Resident under Canadian Immigration Law, and Refugee Protection under Canadian Immigration Law. We will take a look at the specifics of what each course entails.

Canadian Citizenship Law

Paralegals who take this course will become deeply familiar with the detailed requirements to obtain Canadian citizenship under the Citizenship Act.  The intricacies of Canadian citizenship will be laid out in clear language, with our experienced instructor using real-life examples, legal cases, and more to help students get a firm grasp of the material. Paralegals who complete this course will be able to assist immigration lawyers in expediting citizenship cases.

Immigration Law Principles

This course is designed to introduce paralegals to the fundamentals of immigration law. Students will go over the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the rules and procedures during hearings according to the IRPA. The different divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and their varying rules will be made clear in this course, and students will also come to understand the role of the Immigration Officials and Tribunal. Students who complete this course will be able to handle a variety of work in an immigration law practice.

Permanent Residents under Canadian Immigration Law

This course lays out the details of permanent resident immigration. Students will review relevant sections of the IRPA and become familiar with the three categories of permanent residents: Family Class, Economic Class, and Refugees.  Completion of this course will provide paralegals with a thorough understanding of the documents, forms, and agencies involved in permanent resident applications. Paralegals can use the knowledge in this course to assist immigration lawyers in permanent resident cases.

Temporary Resident under Canadian Immigration Law

Temporary residents fall into various categories and this course will help students become familiar with all of them. Students will come to understand the requirements for a temporary resident to earn a work permit, student visa, visitor visa, or business visa. Relevant sections of the IRPA will be brought up to reinforce students’ knowledge of the law regarding temporary residents. Completion of this course will fully prepare paralegals to assist immigration lawyers in temporary resident cases.

Refugee Protection under Canadian Immigration Law

Students who enrol in the Refugee Protection under Canadian Immigration Law course can expect an in-depth analysis of the IRPA as it relates to refugees, as well as a thorough examination of the protection of refugees. Key concepts include refugee protection, convention refugees, persons in need of protection, pre-removal risk assessment, and the rules and procedures surrounding the granting of refugee protection. Paralegals in this course will become fully familiar with how refugee protection cases are carried out from start to finish, and they can use the knowledge from this course to help immigration lawyers in cases of this nature.

Choosing a Path

The immigration law sector is full of opportunities and our continuing education courses will help you reach those opportunities. Register now for one of our upcoming paralegal specialist courses and advance your career in immigration law.

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