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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 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:
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
The ILAC is delivered live online, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection.
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.
This course will cover client file management and client accounts and their responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
For more details, please see our Admissions Policy.
NOTE: We have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test for those Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures. Please refer to this memorandum for further information.
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:
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of required textbooks. Approximate textbook fees are $250.
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 and Skills Training.