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

  • Formats:

    Online

     

     

  • Duration:

    16 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $400

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Start Date

Online

Part-Time: March 02, 2023 – April 06, 2023

Schedule: Webinars will be held Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST

This course has been approved for 16 CPD Points 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.

Credential

Upon completion of the course requirements, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.

Instructors

Subject to change without notice

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.

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.

Daniel McLeod

Daniel K. McLeod is a Vancouver refugee lawyer with degrees from Simon Frasier University and the University of British Columbia. He represents sponsored refugees, refugee sponsoring groups, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders authorized. 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.

 

Mahsa Mehrvarz

Mahsa immigrated to Canada at the age of 16 from Iran. She holds a joint BA degree in psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She also completed her Immigration Consultant Diploma in March 2020 from Ashton College in downtown Vancouver. She started her own immigration business in January 2021 after successfully passing her Entry to Practice Exam. Mahsa established “Mehrvarz Immigration” with the goal of assisting people who want to immigrate to Canada for a better life and career opportunities.

Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He runs his successful business in downtown Toronto, Ontario with many employees. Al is the author of “88 Tips on Immigration to Canada”. He is a member of ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) and CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants). Al has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 35 countries to the Canadian immigration authorities.

When it comes to training, Al truly believes in interactive education. He thinks a variety of training activities based on real-life events could help students explore issues from different angles and understand them thoroughly.

Alina Roman

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.

Continuing Professional Development

  • This course has been approved for 16 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

Who Will Benefit From The Course

  • 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

Dates

Online

Part-Time:

  • March 02, 2023 – April 06, 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held Thursdays 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

Required Materials

  • Canadian Refugee Protection Law Guide. Authors: David Matas, Gentiana Morina. ISBN: 978-1-77462-015-1.

Fees

The registration fee for this course is $400.

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

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