Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law (CIRC) (Online)

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    16 hours

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Part-Time: October 11, 2023 – November 15, 2023

Schedule: Webinars will be held Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm PST

This course has been approved for 16 CPD Hours by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

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Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law Overview

The Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law is intended to provide the fundamental knowledge necessary for professionals to deal with refugee proceedings at a Port of Entry, in Canada, or Applying from Abroad. It is designed to bridge theory and knowledge with practice, introducing learners to dealing with refugees within a professional working environment. The focus is placed on refugee class cases within the practice of Immigration Law, preparing learners with strategies of approach, case studies and discussions led by experts in this field.

Visit our Immigration Practitioner Centre for additional immigration CPD course opportunities.

Topics/Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and explain the elements that must be established for a person to be found A) a Convention refugee under IRPA s. 96; and B) a protected person pursuant to IRPA s. 97
  • Articulate the process and procedure for preparing a refugee claim at three essential stages: A) basis of claim; B) hearing before the RPD; and C) appeal to the RAD
  • Identify common reasons that refugee applications fail, and articulate strategies for addressing those potential shortcomings
  • Map out the timeline of a refugee claim through its most common permutations from the initial claim to removal or designation of protected status
  • Ask questions that will give you the information you need to assess the viability of a refugee claim
  • Make a realistic strategic assessment of a client’s claim based on interview questions and document analysis
  • Conduct a thorough analysis of relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
  • Reference and analyze the case law relating to relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
  • Develop a personal and professional approach to a Refugee claim
  • Engage in in-class practicums consisting of scenario-based discussions and simulations

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.

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Ashton College offers education for all students with a unique online learning approach. A synchronous learning component provides real time interaction and immediate feedback. We use real time interactive sessions, breakout rooms, and screen-sharing. An asynchronous learning component allows students to work at their own pace. Our asynchronous learning materials include recorded real time lectures, online readings, and discussion forums. We encourage students, if possible, to use both components so as to enjoy interactivity and community of real-time learning as well as studying at their own pace. This approach ensures students have support and resources to achieve their educational goals.

For synchronous sessions, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This program/course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. As such, PTIB did not review the program/course.

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