Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

  • Formats:


  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

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

Start Date

Live Online

Full-Time: March 16, 2020 – June 12, 2020



Full-Time: June 01, 2020 – August 02, 2020


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Program Overview

Ashton College’s Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate program allows students to pursue a successful career as an Immigration Legal Assistant and offers a fast entrance into the job market.

This 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.

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.

Transferable Credits

Students have the option to transfer credits and pursue the Immigration Consultant Diploma program. This program allows students to branch out and get on the pathway towards becoming Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.

This program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to assist in immigration practice. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to work as a legal assistant for an immigration consulting office or law firm.

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.

Goals of the Program

  • 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.

Further Certification:

Graduates of the Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate can get a partial credit transfer towards the Immigration Consultant Diploma.

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.

Technical Requirements

Online Students

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.


Live Online

Full Time:

  • March 16, 2020 – June 12, 2020
    • Students must devote at least 20 hours per week to attending webinars, seminars, and laboratories online.
    • Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort.


Full Time:

  • June 01, 2020 – August 02, 2020
    • Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm PST


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.

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