Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate (Online & In-Class)

Vancouver (604) 899-0803 / Send Inquiry / Apply
LIVE Online (604) 628-5784 / Send Inquiry / Apply

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/or 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 great starting point for foreign-trained practitioners who would like to gain 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.




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Overview Admission Requirements Program Formats and Duration Upcoming Dates Course Descriptions Fees

This program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to assist in an 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 increase their 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.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of at least one year of post-secondary education or equivalent; or
  2. A minimum of one year of administrative assistant work experience; and
  3. English Language Proficiency Requirements (please see Policy 1002).

For more details, please see our Admissions Policy (Policy 1001).


This program is offered both in-class and LIVE Online.

  • In-class: delivered from our Vancouver campus.
  • Online: delivered LIVE Online through face-to-face instructor-led webinars using Adobe Connect and Google Apps.


240 hours.

  • Full-time: 20 hours of instruction per week, for the total of 12 weeks.
  • Part-time: 8 hours of instruction per week, for the total of 30 weeks.


February 19, 2018 – May 15, 2018

  • Classes are held Monday to Friday.

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LIVE Online

February 26, 2018 – May 23, 2018

  • Classes are held on Monday to Friday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

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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 in relation to 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 the understanding of these skills within the context of immigration law. Students will gain access to a variety of relevant websites in order 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 general requirements of a temporary application, including different submission forms (online, via email, and via 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, and 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 deal 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.

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: $175 (Domestic Students) or $200 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $3,150
  • Tuition fee (International): $3,800

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