Certificate In Refugee Class Immigration Law (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    40 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: November 18, 2020 – February 25, 2021

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Program Overview

The Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law (CIRC) is intended for Immigration Practitioners and those working with refugees at various non-profit organizations, 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 Refugee Protection Division and the Refugee Appeal Division will be covered in detail. Faculty are chosen for their in-depth knowledge of this specialised area of Immigration Law.

Upon completion of this Certificate program, students will be familiar with the requirements which must be established for a person to be found to be a Convention Refugee and a Protected Person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Students will understand the process and procedure of preparing a refugee claim, appearing before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) and appealing decisions to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). Both the RPD and the RAD are divisions 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 RPD decides claims for refugee protection made in Canada. The Refugee Appeal Division decides appeals from the RPD.

The program examines the common reasons why refugee applications fail and deals with important strategies which can be used to address those potential shortcomings. Students are guided through the entire process from the initial claim to designated protected status or removal. Those attending the program will be given ample opportunity to practice how to make assessments of claims based on interview questions and document analysis. In addition, the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) will be carefully studied. Case studies, scenario-based discussions and simulations are used throughout the program ensuring that by the time students graduate, they have both the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to practice within this specialized area of Immigration Law.

Program Instructors

McLeod, Daniel

Daniel K. McLeod is a Vancouver refugee lawyer with degrees from SFU and UBC. He was an Instructor on refugee law for the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies & Procedures (CILPP) from inception in 2001 to conclusion in 2020. He represents sponsored refugees, refugee sponsoring groups, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders authorized by the Minister to sponsor refugees, at Canadian Migration Offices around the world and the Federal Court of Canada. He also represents refugee claimants at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board. He has been the lawyer for refugee clients from more than 25 countries including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tibet and Turkey.

Hannah Lindy

Hannah Lindy, BA, JD, is an immigration and refugee lawyer at Larlee Rosenberg in Vancouver. Prior to joining Larlee Rosenberg, Hannah practiced immigration and refugee law in Toronto for several years as an associate lawyer at Waldman & Associates, where she also completed her articles.

Hannah provides services in all areas of immigration, refugee, and citizenship law and regularly represents clients before the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Hannah graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law and has been called to the bar in Ontario and British Columbia. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Bar Association.


Who Will Benefit From The Program

  • Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing with a Canadian provincial or territorial law society
  • Notaries who are members in good standing with the Chambre des Notaires du Québec
  • Citizenship or Immigration Consultants who are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
  • Members of a non-profit society who provide services to refugees

Continuing Professional Development

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

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.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of the Law and Procedure
  • Convention Refugees and Protected Persons
  • Admissibility and exclusion issues
  • Identity and Credibility
  • State Protection and internal flight alternatives
  • Preparing for the RPD Hearing
  • Appealing to the RAD
  • Pre-removal risk assessments
  • Humanitarian/Compassionate applications
  • Assessing a client’s needs
  • Client interviewing
  • Case Studies

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools (Zoom for Education) to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students should have access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions. To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.


Live Online

Part Time:

  • November 18, 2020 – February 25, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars.
    • Webinars will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST. 
    • 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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