Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate (Live Online)

  • Format:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $4,300 (Domestic)
    $5,600 (International)

This program is currently under review and is expected to increase the number of instructional hours from 240 to 320. It is anticipated that the new program will be introduced in Spring 2022.

Start Date

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Full Time: September 07, 2021 – November 27, 2021


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Program Overview

Immigration Legal Assistants help Immigration Practitioners execute their duties and expedite cases by handling documentation, communications and other responsibilities. Working with potential Canadian immigrants provides a fulfilling career with many opportunities for advancement.

The ILAC program serves as an excellent introduction for those who are new to the field. The program develops your knowledge and understanding of the Canadian Immigration system, policies and procedures. Individuals who are foreign-trained lawyers or who have legal experience outside of Canada can use this program to gain employment in the Canadian Immigration Law sector. Current Legal Assistants and Paralegals can also use this program to advance their careers with a specialization in Immigration.

Immigration is a growing sector in Canada with ever-increasing opportunities for professionals looking to enter the field. Graduates will be able to pursue jobs in immigration consulting firms, immigration law offices, government offices, recruitment agencies, and immigration settlement organizations, or they can continue their studies in the immigration and legal fields.

Please note that this program DOES NOT qualify graduates to practice as Regulated immigration Consultants or Lawyers.

Immigration Legal Assistant Job Roles

Immigration legal assistants are heavily involved in the administrative aspects of an immigration law practice. This program teaches students how to perform all the duties of an immigration legal assistant, which include:

  • Communicating with clients
  • Preparing immigration forms, applications, and documents
  • Completing data entry
  • Drafting legal submissions
  • Communicating with immigration and government officials
  • Obtaining client records
  • Coordinating paperwork
  • Conducting case law research relating to immigration

Career Advancement Opportunities

Newcomers to immigration law will be able to enter the field immediately after graduating and start gaining experience working in immigration consulting firms, immigration law offices, corporate offices, recruitment agency offices and government offices, where they will assist and work under the supervision of a licenced immigration practitioner or as part of a legal team.

According to Canada’s 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, the Canadian government aims to welcome over 400,000 permanent residents in 2021 alone. The number of applications will far exceed that target, meaning the number of opportunities for immigration legal assistants will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Program Goals

  • To help students develop knowledge of the policies and procedures of Canadian Immigration Law
  • To improve students’ 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 successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand 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 guides, document checklists, application forms, and supporting documentation
  • Apply the knowledge and skills required to assist a professional, effective and efficient immigration practice
  • Exercise the rules of professional conduct
  • Demonstrate 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

ILAC Program Format

The ILAC is delivered live online, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection.

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.


Live Online

Full Time:

  • September 07, 2021 – November 27, 2021
    • Webinars will be held Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 am PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort


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 they produce proof of funding 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): $4,300
  • Tuition fee (International): $5,600

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 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 program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

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