Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate (Live Online)

  • Format:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $3,150 (Domestic)
    $4,095 (International)

Start Date

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Full Time: March 15, 2021 – June 05, 2021

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Program Overview

Ashton College’s Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate (ILAC) program allows students to pursue a successful career as an Immigration Legal Assistant and offers a fast entrance into the job market. The program is a great first step to develop knowledge and understanding of the Canadian immigration system, policies and procedures, and start gaining valuable work experience in the immigration field.

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in immigration consulting firms, immigration law offices, and government offices, or they can continue their studies in the immigration and legal fields. Legal assistants can branch out and advance their careers with a specialization in immigration. ILAC is a good starting point for foreign-trained practitioners who would like to gain a valuable understanding of Canadian immigration procedures.

Please note that this Certificate program is extremely beneficial for those working in the legal field with Immigration law, but DOES NOT qualify you to practice as an Immigration Consultant. Separate courses and qualifications are required in order to practice as an Immigration Consultant.

Career Advancement Opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in immigration consulting firms, immigration law offices, and government offices, or they can continue their studies in the immigration and legal fields.

Immigration Specialization

Legal assistants will be able to branch out and advance their careers with a specialization in immigration. This program is a good starting point for foreign-trained practitioners who would like to gain a valuable understanding of Canadian immigration procedures.

Who Will Benefit from the Program

  • Immigration or law assistants who would like to earn more credentials
  • Legal assistants who want to specialize in immigration law
  • Foreign-trained legal professionals who are looking for a faster way into the job market in the area of immigration law
  • Recent graduates who want to make inroads into the immigration consulting profession; and many others

Program Goals

  • To help students develop knowledge of immigration law and immigration classes and improve business communication skills through a productive and collaborative learning environment
  • To equip students with the skills, attitudes and understanding of ethics that are needed for effective professional practice in the field of immigration

Learning Outcomes of the Program

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the various decision-makers involved in the implementation of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations and the Canadian Citizenship Act and Regulations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the practical requirements for submissions of applications concerning the guides, document checklists, application forms, and supporting documentation concerning Canada’s immigration system
  • Apply the knowledge and skills required to assist with a professional, effective, and efficient immigration practice
  • Exercise the rules of professional conduct, demonstrating the attitudes, values and ethical standards required to assist with services in an immigration consultant office or law firm
  • Communicate effectively with clients and individuals within the legal system
  • Apply strategies to improve knowledge and skills through continuing education in this field

Course Descriptions

ILAC 01: Legal Office Procedures and Business Communications (20 hours)

This course provides information about working in a legal office. It will require students to understand their role concerning ethics and liability, as well as retainer/consultation agreements.

ILAC 02: File Management and Accounts (20 hours)

This course will cover client file management and client accounts and their responsibilities.

ILAC 03: Legal Research, Correspondence and Documents (20 hours)

This course helps students develop research skills and an understanding of these skills within the context of immigration law. Students will gain access to a variety of relevant websites to generate a Submission Letter and make Access To Information requests.

ILAC 04: Basic Immigration Principles and Temporary Residents (60 hours)

This course will provide an overview of various decision-makers in the immigration industry. It will deal with the general requirements of a temporary application, including different submission forms (online, via email, and paper), guides, document checklists, application forms, and fees. The course will also give an overview of supporting documentation that deals specifically with temporary resident visas, visitor records, study permits, work permits (both online and through Visa Access Centres), extensions of status and visa issuance within Canada (Case Processing Centres and International Mobility Centres). The course will also cover Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) through Service Canada Centres and Employer Compliance requirements.

ILAC 05: Permanent Residents and Citizenship (60 hours)

This course will provide an overview of various decision-makers in the industry. It will deal with the general requirements of a Permanent Residency application or Canadian Citizenship application (for both online and paper-based submission), document checklists, application forms, fees, and supporting documentation that deals specifically with all Economic and Family class categories and grants of Canadian citizenship. Students will also cover the basics of Provincial Nominee applications.

ILAC 06: Refugees and Inadmissibility Law (60 hours)

This course will provide an overview of the various decision-makers involved in refugee determination and inadmissible cases, including guides, document checklists, application forms, fees, and supporting documentation. Students will also cover applications for Criminal Rehabilitation, Temporary Resident Permits, and Authority to Return to Canada.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of Secondary School (Grade 12), experience with MS office; and
  2. English Language Proficiency Requirements.

For more details, please see our Admissions Policy.

NOTE: Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures, we have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test. Please refer to this memorandum for further information. 

Dates

Live Online

Full Time:

  • March 15, 2021 – June 05, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 20 hours per week to attending webinars, seminars, and laboratories online
    • Webinars will be held Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

Fees

Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documents before the cohort start date.

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:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $3,150
  • Tuition fee (International): $4,095

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of required textbooks. Approximate textbook fees are $250.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, 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 was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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