Certificate in Family Class Immigration Law Overview
The family class immigration program is meant to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their close family members. If you agree to support a sponsored member of the family class, you are promising to provide for their basic needs for a set amount of time, so they do not have to rely on social assistance.
This course will look at all the family class applications for permanent residence that are submitted at the same time as the sponsorship application to a Case Processing Centre in Canada. CPCs are 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 offices where required.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Explain the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations pertaining to Family Class.
Identify the categories under the Family Class.
Outline who can be sponsored in the Family Class.
Explain who is eligible to sponsor a member of the Family Class.
Discuss the difference between a legal and a genuine relationship, and what is meant by ‘bad faith’.
Explain the requirement to process adopted children.
Differentiate between an Outside of Canada and an In-Canada permanent resident application.
Explain the process of Family Class dependents abroad.
Complete application forms relating to Family Class sponsorships and applications.
Discuss the most relevant case law related to the Family Class.
Although there are no formal admission requirements for this course, due to the advanced nature of the material covered, it is presumed that attendees have a basic knowledge of Canadian Immigration Law in general and this topic in particular.
Upon completion of the course requirements, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.
Subject to change without notice
Marty 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 Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (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.
Alexandra has been a lawyer since 2019. Before attending law school, Alexandra worked at the Operations Support Centre and the Case Management Branch at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) national headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Alexandra currently works as an Associate at Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP, where her practice focuses primarily on corporate immigration matters.
Alexandra’s practice, commitment to her clients, and role as an educator are inspired by her years of working at the IRCC and her own family’s experience of coming to Canada as immigrants and refugees.
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 University of British Columbia (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 and a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) since its inception.
Lulwa Al Hidiq
Lulwa Al Hidiq is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a full licensee of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) since 2013. She is also a past Certified Public Accountant from the California Board of Accountancy (not currently designated) with over ten years of Canadian and Global professional experience in public accounting in multi-national firms such as KPMG, PWC, and EY. She is the Senior Partner and Founder of Altoria Immigration and Business Consulting Inc, located in Toronto. She is also a past Chair of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), a national organization with over 5,000 licensees, whose mission is to lead, connect, protect, and develop the profession, serving the best interests of its members with a focus on advocacy, lobbying, and education.
Ooma holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto in Psychology, Criminology, and Sociology; is a certified adult educator; and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC). Ooma’s strong advocacy skills, knowledge of immigration and criminal law, and teaching style serve as a great source of inspiration for those interested in immigration law.
For over 20 years she has been employed as a Prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario on quasi-criminal cases. Ooma has successfully conducted trials and obtained sentences with incarceration, probation orders, and substantial fines. She has garnered a reputation for being fair and ethical. She has also appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice Provincial Offences trials and appeals.
Alina Roman earned holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of experience in the field of immigration. She is working as an Immigration Consultant for Simon Fraser University, and her past work experience includes working for educational and governmental organizations as well as managing her own immigration practice.
Alina has been teaching at Ashton College since 2016. In 2017, Alina received the 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.
Marina Snyder has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since 2017, operating her own immigration firm in Québec and providing immigration-related services to businesses, individuals, colleges and non-profit organizations from coast to coast. Marina is interested in economic immigration, family reunification, temporary residence and citizenship and holds specific licenses for the provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan. After moving from Brazil to Canada in 2007 as an international student herself, Marina felt there was a great need for assistance for newcomers in their immigration pathways; so, while living in Japan, she attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) Certificate in Immigration, becoming an RCIC.
Continuing Professional Development
This course has been approved for 22 CPD Points by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
For British Columbia Lawyers, consider including this webinar as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development plan as it has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia.
For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.
For Manitoba Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
For Newfoundland & Labrador Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
For Nova Scotia Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
February 07, 2023 – April 11, 2023
Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
Webinars will be held Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST
Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities
Family Class Sponsorship in Canadian Immigration Law. Authors: Michael Battista, Adrienne Smith. ISBN: 978-1-77462-023-6.
The registration fee for this course is $750.
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.