Certificate in Family Class Immigration Law (CFCL) (Live Online)

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    39 hours

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Part Time: May 03, 2022 – July 26, 2022

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The intent of the family class immigration program is to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with close family members. By undertaking to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide for the basic needs of their family members, so they do not have to rely on social assistance. This course will examine all family class applications for permanent residence that are submitted at the same time as the sponsorship application to a Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Canada. CPCs are the primary offices responsible for processing family class sponsorship applications. This course will also explore why some family class eligibility determinations may be made at other Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices where required.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations pertaining to Family Class.
  2. Identify the categories under the Family Class.
  3. Outline who can be sponsored in the Family Class.
  4. Explain who is eligible to sponsor a member of the Family Class.
  5. Discuss the difference between a legal and a genuine relationship, and what is meant by ‘bad faith’.
  6. Explain the requirement to process adopted children.
  7. Differentiate between an Outside of Canada and an In-Canada permanent resident application.
  8. Explain the process of Family Class dependents abroad.
  9. Complete application forms relating to Family Class sponsorships and applications.
  10. Discuss the most relevant case law related to the Family Class.


Nevena Djuricic

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 worked on promoting and protecting the integrity of the profession. She was also a presenter at the CAPIC Continuous Education Seminars. In 2012, Nevena received the Ashton College Faculty Award, presented to an instructor who 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.

Marty Baram

Marty Baram PhotoMarty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

*Subject to change without notice

Continuing Professional Development

1) The Law Society of Yukon has added this Certificate to their CPD listing for members for on-line CPD Events offered across Canada.

2) For British Columbia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as it has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia.

3) The Law Society of Alberta is recommending that Alberta lawyers consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in their annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.

4) For Nova Scotia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

5) For Newfoundland and Labrador lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

6) The Law Society of Saskatchewan has pre-approved this Certificate course for 39 CPD credits.


Live Online

Part Time:

  • May 03, 2022 – July 26, 2022
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

To be determined by Instructor.


The registration fee for this course is $995.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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