(Online & In-Class)
Ashton’s Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) is offered to meet the education requirements for practising immigration consultants. Our long-standing accreditation by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and multiple success stories from our alumni demonstrate the quality of our curriculum and faculty.
This program is designed to equip individuals with knowledge about immigration law and policy, immigration classes and temporary status, refugees and rules of professional conduct, as well as their practical application.
Ashton’s Immigration Consultant Diploma program is recognized as one of the leading immigration practitioners’ programs in Canada today. Over the years, the program has produced more than 1,000 graduates and has since evolved to accommodate the growing demand. Today, the IMCD program is offered in-class at Vancouver and Abbotsford campuses, and LIVE Online via interactive webinars.
With the introduction of IMCD Online in 2011, our program has reached students from all over the globe, allowing them to attend classes, interact with instructors and make connections with their classmates in real-time.
This program is accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and meets the academic requirements for full membership with the ICCRC. For more information on becoming a Regulated Immigration Consultant, please visit the ICCRC website.
The Immigration Consultant Diploma Program is structured into ten courses that train students to assess, advise and represent individuals, groups and entities in the immigration process. Students learn how to strategize, prepare and present oral and written submissions and supporting documents, as well as to advocate with government bodies on behalf of clients.
Upon completion of the requirements and conditions laid down by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), individuals become Regulated Immigration Consultants who can provide their services to newcomers seeking help in navigating immigration issues in Canada. This may include obtaining advice or assistance with permanent residence applications, temporary residence and visa applications or refugee claims.
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This course provides an introduction to Canadian Immigration Policy, Administrative Law, and Inadmissibility.
An Introduction to Canadian Immigration Policy will provide students with an understanding of the Constitutional and Judicial Framework responsible for Canadian Immigration Policy and the historical context that influences Canadian Immigration Policy. Students will be required to gain an understanding of the objectives of Canada’s Immigration Law and current Canadian legal terminology applicable to Canadian Immigration Law.
Administrative Law will provide students with an understanding of the principles of Administrative Law – procedural fairness, natural justice, and fundamental justice and the difference and inter-relationship between the three. Students will be required to understand the types of administrative tribunals and their jurisdiction and understand the discretion and remedies in Administrative Law. Students will examine not only the structure, composition, and duties of the Immigration Refugee Board and its Divisions but also the criteria and provisions related to the Right of Appeal and Judicial Review. Students will examine the structures, mandates, and missions of the IRCC and the CBSA. Students will review the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and its Regulations and the Canadian Citizenship Act (CCA) and its Regulations.
Inadmissibility will provide students with an understanding of Inadmissibility on security grounds, grounds of violating human or international rights, criminal grounds, medical inadmissibility, other inadmissibility (financial, non-compliance, inadmissible family members), and misrepresentation. Students will be required to gain an understanding of the application of criminal rehabilitation, temporary resident permits and the Temporary Resident Permit holder class of permanent residence. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to analyze and assess diverse case scenarios related to entering and remaining in Canada, and enforcement that would deal with the loss of status and removal.
Students will be introduced to the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and be required to be able to apply them to case scenarios.
This course is related to the study of the types of temporary resident visas and permits, rules, requirements, applications, and procedures for the temporary categories, the process of obtaining temporary resident entries, and status for on-line and paper applications.
During this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze the different types of temporary resident visas and permits, rules, requirements, applications, and procedures for the temporary categories: visitors, students, and workers. Students will study the complete process of obtaining temporary resident entries and status and how applications are assessed. Students will learn the procedures for temporary resident status extensions, change of status, and restorations when applicants are in Canada. Various types of visitors’ visas, super visas, study permits, and work permits will be examined. Students will explore the three main categories of being able to work in Canada: business visitors, work permits supported by LMIAs, and work permits that are LMIA exempt. Different types of open work permits, International Experience Canada work permits, work permits related to provincial and international free trade agreements.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios that deal with Inadmissibility and apply the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
This course explores the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications for permanent entry for all federal and provincial economic classes, as well as the sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and the relevant IRCC operational manuals pertaining to Economic, Quebec, and Provincial/Territorial Nominee Classes.
The first half of Module 3 is to train students in the application of the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications for economic classes. Participants will study the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and the relevant IRCC operation manuals on Economic Classes. Students will examine the different categories under the economic class in detail. Students will be introduced to an Express Entry System and applicable Comprehensive Ranking System. Individual sub-modules will be dedicated to Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trade Workers, Start-up Business, Caregivers, and Self-Employed Persons.
This second half of Module 3 will train students in the application of the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications under the Quebec Immigration Program and the Provincial/Territorial Nominee Programs. Participants will study the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and the relevant IRCC operation manuals on the Quebec Immigration Program and the Provincial/Territorial Nominee Programs. Participants will examine various websites.
For both the first and second half of Module 3, students will be required to analyze case scenarios and deal with the impact of Inadmissibility and be able to apply the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
This course explores the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations associated with Family Class, the categories under Family Class, the requirements to process adopted children, and in-Canada permanent residency applications and the different requirements and processes to attaining Canadian citizenship. This course will review and compare the residency obligations to keep permanent resident status and to gain Canadian citizenship.
During this course, students will develop an understanding of the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations associated with Family Class. Students will understand the categories that fall under Family Class, who can be sponsored and who is eligible to sponsor a member of the Family Class. Students will learn about the difference between a legal and a genuine relationship when considering a Family Class application. This course also examines the requirements to process adopted children and in-Canada permanent residency applications. This module will cover the family member category and spousal/dependent children category separately as different requirements and procedures govern each category.
Students will be required to understand the laws governing Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications.
Students will be required to examine and understand the Canadian Citizenship Act and Canadian Citizenship Regulations that pertain to gaining Canadian Citizenship as well as the processes related to renunciation, revocation, and resumption of Canadian Citizenship.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios concerning Inadmissibility and be able to apply the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
The course is about the history of refugees in Canada, and the relevant sections (S96 and S97) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and other documents pertaining to refugees, and protected persons; the rules, policies and procedures of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Refugee Appeal Division, refugee claimants, convention refugees and other persons in need of protection, the options of Pre-Removal Risk Assessment, possibilities of Humanitarian and Compassionate applications, as well as all aspects and issues concerning removal orders. This course also focusses on the philosophy and objectives, statutory requirements contained in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Regulations, and selected decisions of the Federal Courts of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada, that impact the selection of Refugees and Protected Persons.
During this course, participants will examine the rules, policies and procedures of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Refugee Appeal Division and learn a variety of skills for representing refugee claimants. Participants will learn the differences between convention refugees and persons in need of protection as prescribed in IRPA S96 and S97. Students will examine options and viability of the PRRA – Pre Removal Risk Assessment for refugee claimants upon a negative decision by the RPD – Refugee Protection Division. Students will analyze aspects and issues concerning Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications and the restrictions applied to refugee claimants. Students will examine the different types of removal orders and how to overcome removal orders. Students will also apply research, development and implementation techniques in representing clients before hearings at the RPD and RAD.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios concerning Refugees and Protected Persons and the impact of Inadmissibility and be able to apply the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
This course provides students with useful information, knowledge, and the necessary skills to represent applicants at the Port of Entry; for Immigration Hearings, Detentions and Appeals. Dealing with Inadmissibility Reports, Arrest and Detention. The students will gain an overview of the Immigration Division (ID) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) in hearings and detentions and gain an understanding of the Immigration Division Rules. Students will learn about the various types of removal orders and how a removal order may be stayed. The students are also expected to understand the rules and procedures that apply to appeals for various refused categories at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) and refugee hearings at the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) as well as refugee refusal appeal hearings at the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). Also, aspects of IRCC/CBSA examinations, judicial reviews, and pre-removal risk assessment applications and relevant case law will also be explored.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios about Inadmissibility and the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Enforcement and Appeals (Tribunals).
This course provides students with useful information, knowledge, and the necessary skills to represent clients by establishing case strategies and in the preparation of appropriate submission letters and application packages for the various temporary and permanent resident programs that have been covered in the Immigration Consultant Diploma Program to date.
The course will emphasize the need for the client’s representative to be able to communicate effectively with clients, governments, and other non-government entities, including employers and educational institutions. This hands-on course covers communication theory and aspects of written communication. Students will learn the techniques involved in writing and speaking effectively and will develop report presentation skills by preparing reports and then adapting them for oral presentation.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios as relates to Inadmissibility and the application of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Client Representation and Business Communication.
This course covers the concepts of ethics, the conflicts and process of ethical decision making, and the rules of professional conduct for immigration consultants, according to the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) Bylaws, Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines.
Students must develop an understanding of the Ethics and Professional Responsibilities that they are responsible for, according to ICCRC. This course emphasizes the analysis of the rules of professional conduct for immigration consultants providing case studies and examples. This course will also review ICCRC’s Bylaws, Regulations, Policies and Guidelines. In addition to the Council’s Code of Professional Ethics, the course will review ICCRC’s Professional Management Regulations and focus specifically on the Client File Management Regulation, the Retainer Agreement Regulation, and the Client Account Regulation.
The course will also deal with ICCRC’s Membership Registration in the requirements for Membership, the Filing of a Complaint, and the Complaints and Discipline Processes and Procedures.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios as relates to Inadmissibility and the application of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
This course covers Practice Management/Operating a Small Business and Basic Bookkeeping.
This course is designed to guide students in the preparation of a business plan providing information about business operation, financial aspects of the immigration consulting profession, and human resources management. Students will also develop knowledge about the marketing process of immigration consulting practice. The skills and knowledge acquired by students will allow them to apply the principles of business management to the profession. Students are also required to learn the principles of bookkeeping to ensure proper financial records are maintained when licensed.
Students will be required to analyze case scenarios as relates to Inadmissibility and the application of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Practice Management/Operating a Business.
This course will review all Mandatory Categories that are examinable and included in ICCRC’s Entry To Practice Examination. At this stage, the expectation is that the students will need to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, Canadian Citizenship Act, Canadian Citizenship Regulations, Refugee Protection Division Rules, Refugee Appeal Division Rules, Immigration Division Rules, Immigration Appeal Division Rules, and any other relevant Federal or Provincial Statutes or Legislation.
Research has been previously covered in the other Modules. However, there will be a review that will require the students to develop an understanding of the professional organizations and government committees that may influence or may be related to the practice of immigration consulting and determine sources of data relevant to practitioners.
Students will analyze real issues faced by immigration practitioners and be required to deal with case strategies that will test the student’s knowledge and skills in applying the steps, procedures, methods and techniques to collect and analyze the information as well as prepare and complete different application submissions.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
For more details, please see our Admissions Policy.
It is the policy to grant credit for a course on the basis of prior learning acquired through formal studies or professional, work or life experience (please see Policy on Prior Learning Assessment and Transfer Credit.)
Please note that international students can take the Immigration Consultant Diploma to meet the ICCRC education requriements, but are not eligible to write the ICCRC exam until they obtain their Canadian Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship.
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.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of required textbooks.