Certificate In Immigration Tribunal Practice (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    40 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: September 14, 2020 – December 15, 2020

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Program Overview

The Certificate in Immigration Tribunal Practice (CITP) is intended for Immigration Practitioners who are seeking an in-depth knowledge of this area of Immigration Law. It is designed to bridge theory and knowledge with practical experience and case studies. Practice before both the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division will be covered in detail. Faculty are chosen for their in-depth knowledge of this specific area.

Upon completion of this Certificate program, students will be familiar with the process and procedure involved when appearing before the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The IRB is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making decisions on immigration and refugee matters. The Immigration Division conducts admissibility hearings for foreign nationals or permanent residents believed to be inadmissible to, or removable from Canada. This Division also conducts detention reviews for foreign nationals or permanent residents detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Immigration Appeal Division hears appeals on immigration-related matters.

The Immigration Tribunal Practice Program is offered online and will identify the rules of both the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division. It will also highlight potential issues and surprises during the hearing process and how to prepare for them. Students participating in this program will also analyse relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). Reviewing relevant case law is an important part of the program. Students will also be given ample time to discuss difficult cases; examine issues which occur during hearings; prepare and participate in the mock tribunal hearings. Highly experienced faculty is going to provide the feedback throughout the program so that it can help students gain the confidence needed to appear before these tribunals.


Program Instructor

Anita Boscariol is Associate Counsel at Watson Goepel LLP, a law firm located in downtown Vancouver, BC. A former Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board for over ten years, Anita has a depth of immigration law experience. Included in her practise are appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and applications for judicial review before the federal court.

Anita is a frequent presenter, including for the Canadian Bar Association, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, and Public Legal Education, as well as at various educational institutions including the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Corpus Christi College, and Ashton College. She has recently been published in The Lawyer’s Daily, a resource for legal professionals including those in government departments, academic institutions and research libraries.

Anita is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, enjoys classical music and opera, and is a fitness enthusiast.


Who Will Benefit From The Program

  • Lawyers who are members in a law society of a province
  • notaries who are members of the Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • law professionals, including paralegals, who are members of a law society of a province or the Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Administrative Law
  • The workings of the Immigration and Refugee Board
  • The Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division
  • Refusals-Family Class Sponsorship, Marriage, Adoption
  • Loss of Status and Removal-Criminality
  • Loss of Status and Removal-Non-criminal, Misrepresentation
  • Practice and Procedure-Rules, Regulations
  • Building your case for Appeal
  • Evidence, Rules and Practice
  • General Practice Directions and Tips
  • Witnesses- choosing appropriate witnesses and preparation
  • Opening and Closing Statements
  • Judicial Reviews

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Schoology to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online. Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class materials.

To be able to participate in webinars, students would need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection. To view the technical requirements for Schoology, please click here and to view the technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Please run a test to ensure whether your device can run Adobe Connect. You may be required to install the Adobe Connect add-in. If that’s the case, you will receive instructions to do so when you access a meeting for the first time. It is mandatory to run a Diagnostic Test to join an Adobe Connect meeting on a computer. The Diagnostic Test ensures that your computer and network connections are verified.

Adobe Connect mobile app is only available on Android devices and iOS. Recorded sessions are not accessible via the mobile device app, so students will need to use a desktop/laptop to view the recorded sessions.


Live Online

Part Time:

  • September 14, 2020 – December 15, 2020
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars.
    • Webinars will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST. Please note that there will be no class on the week of Aug 3rd (BC Day)
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities.


Registration fee for this course is $995.

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

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