Paralegal Specialist Course: Canadian Citizenship Law (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

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Part Time: September 07, 2021 – November 30, 2021

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This course will examine the detailed requirements to obtain Canadian Citizenship under the Citizenship Act. Paralegals will learn the complexities of the principles and processes of immigration, refugee, and citizenship law in an approachable, user-friendly format. The course uses clear language, real-life examples, procedures, charts, fact scenarios, and legal cases to break down and contextualize the law.

Paralegals who take this course will obtain information that will help immigration lawyers expedite cases by completing and submitting all forms and documents on time, communicating with the appropriate government agencies, communicating with clients throughout the process, and preparing for litigation, if necessary.

Course Prerequisites

None. However, it is recommended to have three years of relevant work experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to understand:

  • the requirements for Canadian citizenship under the Citizenship Act
  • the concepts of the right to citizenship; loss of citizenship; and resumption of citizenship
  • the rules and procedures relating to applications for citizenship


Fred Li

Fred is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Managing Director & Partner at an immigration practice firm in Richmond, BC. In addition to his experience as an RCIC, he has over 10 years of experience working as a Paralegal for various leading Canadian National law firms. The areas of law that he worked in were civil litigation, labour & employment, human rights, family, criminal, corporate, contract, insolvency and alternative dispute resolution.

After obtaining his Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and many years of working in different areas of law, Fred decided that Immigration Law was his true passion. He obtained his Certificate from the UBC Immigration Practitioner Program in 2011 and has been a practicing member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

Given Fred’s vast experience in working for one of Canada’s leading law firms, he has extensive experience specializing in Hearings & Appeals before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada, Immigration Investigations that are before the Canada Border Services Agency, Humanitarian & Compassionate applications, Family Class applications, various Skilled Worker applications that are applied through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee programs, Work & Study permit applications, Criminal Rehabilitation, Medical Inadmissibility, Citizenship applications, various Business Immigration applications and preparing Judicial Review applications before the Federal Court of Canada.

In addition to Fred’s immigration practice, he is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Fred is also an avid volunteer and occasionally volunteers for non-profit organizations such as the Immigrant Services Society of BC and Access Pro Bono. He is fluent in Cantonese and currently studying Mandarin.

Parveen Sehra

As a dynamic and innovative lawyer, Parveen has extensive expertise in the legal field and leading development programs for professionals. She is highly skilled at encouraging legal professionals to identify their strengths and leverage them to reach their career goals. Parveen completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and she attended law school at the University of Windsor in Ontario. Parveen practiced at several prominent Toronto law firms after being admitted to the Ontario Bar. Soon after that, she founded her practice. Parveen works as an advisor at UBC, guiding students through legal challenges and coordinating career development programs. Parveen is a leader in her industry as an elected executive member with different sections of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). In her free time, she volunteers as a career mentor for newcomers to Canada and with other charitable causes.

*Subject to change without notice

Who Will Benefit From The Course

This course provides additional and supplemental training for those already in careers working such as a paralegal or legal assistant.


Live Online

Part Time:

  •  September 07, 2021 – November 30, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars.
    • Webinars will be held on Fridays from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST.
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities.

Required Materials

None required. Optional resources may be selected by the instructor. 


The registration fee for this course is $495.

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 course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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