Certificate in International Student Immigration (CISI) (Live Online)

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Certificate in International Student Immigration Overview

In this course students will become familiar with the international student immigration process. Students will explore study permits and the necessary criteria for obtaining and applying for a study permit. This course will look at the details surrounding working in Canada while on a study permit, having an accompanying spouse join a student in Canada, as well as the regulations surrounding minors and caring for a minor as a student. Students will also become familiar with the application process and all of the required forms for application.

To further assist your career development, visit our Immigration Practitioner Centre for more immigration CPD courses.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Explain what a study permit is
  • Identify the criteria and requirements for a study permit
  • Explain the reasons for study permit extensions
  • Explain the processes of studying in Canada as a minor, if you are not a citizen or permanent resident
  • Identify the requirements of a student caring for a minor while studying in Canada
  • Outline the steps in applying for a study permit
  • Outline the steps in applying for a study permit extension
  • Explain the conditions of a study permit
  • Identify the regulations surrounding foreign students working in Canada
  • Explain open work permits
  • Explain post-graduate work permits
  • Identify the requirements of obtaining a work permit as the spouse or common-law partner of a student
  • Explain the International Experience Canada program
  • Outline the study permit process as well as all the necessary application forms and required documentation
  • Identify the impact of place of application on refusal rate (I.e. geographic region, visa exempt versus visa required)

Admission Requirements

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

Alexandra Callinan

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

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.

Hjalmar Leon

Hjalmar (LLB, MBA, RCIC) received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Los Andes in South America and later completed his Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. He received his Professional Specialization in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. He is also a graduate of the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program.

Fred Li

Fred Li 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 ten years of experience working as a Paralegal for various leading Canadian National law firms. The areas of law 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).

Continuing Professional Development

  • 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


Live Online

  • Coming again in 2023

Required Materials

  • Provided by the instructor


The registration fee for this course is $775.

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, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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