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Changes To Academic Requirements To Qualify As a Registered Immigration Consultant

By: Kailash Srinivasan

Published On: May 3, 2019

We want to inform you of upcoming changes that the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has reported with regard to the academic requirements to qualify as a Registered Immigration Consultant.

On May 1, 2019, the ICCRC announced that effective January 2021, prospective Immigration Consultants would be required to enrol in a new Immigration and Citizenship Graduate Diploma Program (ICGDP) at a University level. The ICGDP would only be offered by Queen’s University (accredited English provider) and the Université de Sherbrooke (approved French provider). The ICGDP will be developed by these two providers and offered online as well as in a blended format (online/onsite) through each provider’s Faculty of Law.

This change is part of the action plan announced by the Canadian government. Under this new plan, the ICGDP will be a 66-week program, and entry to this new program will require an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and a high level of English language proficiency.

The transition to the ICGDP will result in the gradual phasing out of our current IMCD program. Only the two universities mentioned above have been approved as accredited providers and will be permitted to accept new registrants to the ICGDP program. Ashton College will still be able to admit students to the Immigration consultant program until July 31, 2020.

What does it mean for our current and prospective students?

We will continue to offer our IMCD program until December 31, 2022. However, the cut-off date for accepting new students into the IMCD will be July 31, 2020. We have been a leader in the immigration consultant program for over a decade and have maintained the highest standard and quality of delivery. Thousands of our graduates are a testimony to that, many of whom today are running successful practices or working with prominent immigration consulting companies.

We want to assure our current students that none of these changes will affect them. You will still be able to finish your program and pursue your chosen career as an immigration consultant and help prospective immigrants turn their hopes and dreams into reality. You will continue to receive the excellent, practical, up-to-date education you’ve been receiving.

Once you finish your program, you will be allowed to take the RCIC EPE up to three years after graduating from the IMCD. However, when the first cohort of students graduates from the new ICGDP, the RCIC EPE will be updated to reflect the augmented National Education Standards.

For our prospective students: If you’re in the process of enrolling or are thinking of enrolling in our Immigration consultant course, please be assured that the program will continue in its current form till – as stated before – December 31, 2022. However, the final date for admitting new students is July 31, 2020. If you enrol with us before the deadline, you will still follow the existing program guidelines, structure, curriculum, and exam format. If you wish to graduate before the new rules are in place, this is your opportunity to do so.

Thanks again for your trust in us and appreciation for our IMCD program over the years. We wish you all the best.



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  1. i want to do immigration consultant course please guide me

  2. Sandra Agba says:

    Hi I would like to speak to an academic advisor

  3. Genene Tessema says:

    I need more explanation about the course and after the completion of the course.

  4. Balkar singh says:

    I want to enroll for immigration consultant program. Please guide me how I can proceed with this.

  5. Ayesha says:

    I would like to pursue immigration consultant program.Could you kindly advise.
    Thank you.

  6. Dilfuza says:

    Good afternoon.

    I would like to get information if I can study online being in Uzbekistan. If yes, what should I do to be admitted, the cost for education, duration of study?

    Thank you in advance.

    Will be awaiting for your reply.

    Best regards,
    Dilfuza Mamatkulova

  7. Tanya Verma says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,
    I do not have an undergraduate degree but I have got an undergraduate diploma. Do I still qualify to study for the Immigration consultant program that you provide.I

  8. Asha abibu says:

    I want to know more about immigration consultant program

  9. Jatinder sandhu says:

    I have 20 years of immigration agent experience with avaocat

  10. Surender kaur says:

    Hello i want to take an admission in the immigration consultant diploma what is the requirements like education and Language testing as well.
    Looking forward for your response
    Thank you

  11. Shernette Smith says:

    Hi, I would like to be a part of the July 11th, 6 month program. Has COVID-19 affected that intake at all?

  12. RENU SHARMA says:


  13. maggie li says:

    If I learn this programs now and graduate before 2021,Dec31, then can I still get rcic certificate?

  14. Faraz Mian says:

    Hi There,

    Hope all is well.

    I’ve inquired about the online immigration program a couple of months back. With the new legislation coming in place next year, I want to ensure that I have an opportunity to enroll in your May or June 2020 intake.

    Can you please confirm the dates for May 2020 and June 2020 intake?

    There is a high possibility that my sister will also pursue this online program with me as she’s currently studying Social Service Worker & Immigration.

    Please confirm.

    I hope the CONVID19 pandemic will NOT halt these online programs

    Faraz Mian

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Faraz,
      The next start dates for online Immigration Consultant Diploma program are the following:
      May 11, 2020 – November 19, 2020
      June 02, 2020 to May 27, 2021
      We encourage you to proceed with you application as soon as possible to make sure you secure your spot in one of these upcoming intakes. All online programs carry on without any changes and are not affected by the pandemic.
      Please apply through this page: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/immigration-consultant-diploma-imcd/

  15. Tetsoma Nikoro says:


    Am interested in registering for your online course for the earliest one. Please which will this be

  16. Yangyang Zhu says:

    I am currently holding a work permit in Canada. I just wanna know whether this IMCD online program is a 100% online program? Because if this is not a 100% online program(e.g., requires quiz and tests on campus) , I have to apply for a study permit according to CIC website). Thank you for responce.

  17. amritpal says:

    how many marks do I have to get to pass the program ?

  18. Mashud says:

    Hi there,
    Do you have any intake after March 2020? Full-time or part-time?
    If so, when it is? Thank you!

  19. Rawan Hamad` says:

    I got admitted into the program and I am supposed to start on 16 March 2020. Is there a way for me to defer my admission? If so, when is the next start date for the program online part-time?

  20. S.S.Dhindsa says:

    Kindly let me know the process

  21. Sarika says:

    What is education requirement for immigration consultants program

  22. Anene Ikenna says:

    Thanks for the update.

    I currently leave in Nigeria and wish to take the immigration consultant course online back home. But i am not sure if i am going to be accepted for the program since i am not living in Canada at the moment .

    Again the tuition; does it cover the entire programme over the 2 years term for this course or its for one session only.

    I would really need this response very fast to anable me meet the July Last intake deadline under the current substantive programme.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Anene,
      We accept international students into the Immigration Consultant Diploma program, however, you will need to become a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time you will be required to pass the RCIC licensing exam.
      The tuition fee for international students is $9,880 (for the entire program) + $300 application fee. Please note that the tuition fee doesn’t include the costs of the required textbooks.
      If you have any further questions please submit your enquiry here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/ Our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.
      Thank you!

  23. Roop says:

    Hi .. I just want to know how much Ielts score is required individually in all modules to get admission in Immigration course in ashton college??

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Roop,
      The language requirement for admission to Ashton College is the IELTS Academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0. There is no specific requirement for individual modules.
      Thank you!

  24. madhur gupta says:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to ask that if i take admission in July 2020 into IMCD program then what would be the last month and year, i can give exam based on the old format.

    Because my concern is, as new ICGDP program will start From January 2021 and it is 66 week long. It means the new program student would gradute in March-April 2022 and then would be eligible to give ICGDP exams. But if the old exam format is applicable till Dec 2022 then what kind of exam format the new students will appear.

    Please solve my query.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Mike,
      If you enrol in the current IMCD program before July 31, 2020, you will be able to complete it and will be eligible to take the RCIC exam in the old format before December 2021. After January 2022 the new exam will be introduced and you will be required to take the new exam, regardless of what program you took, old or new.
      If you have any further questions, please submit an enquiry on our contact page https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/ and our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.
      Thank you!

  25. Erin Rooney says:

    If you register before July 31st 2020, when is the next part time online course starting? (After the Jan 28th 2020 one)
    Thank you,

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Erin,
      The next intake for part-time online Immigration Consultant Diploma Program is March 16, 2020 – March 8, 2021.
      If you’d like to apply or want to learn more, please fill out the “submit inquiry” form on this page https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/ and our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.
      Thank you!

  26. Gloria Braimah says:

    I will like to start an online program on immigration consultant

  27. Heena says:

    I would like to know what are the requirements of education for persuing in this ICCRC course?
    And with this new course ICGDP, would there be any change in syllabus as well.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Heena,
      The academic admissions requirements for this program are the following: university or college graduates (graduates of a two-or-three-year program); or individuals with two years of post-secondary education or equivalent.
      For more details regarding the syllabus please contact our admissions team by submitting the enquiry form on this page: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/
      Thank you!

  28. Rosa Mirbabaee says:

    Dear sir/madam,

    I desperately want to study in Immigration Consulting course but I don’t have any english test result, but I am working in Immigration Services office and I have more than 2 years work experience in this field.

    As you know this course will be 2 years diploma and I have to start the course as soon as possible.

    I would like to study online part time.

    Please help me and let me know what should I do for the problem.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,
    Rosa Mirbabaee

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Rosa,

      Thanks for your interest in the Immigration Consultant Diploma program. You need to meet the English proficiency requirements in order to be admitted to the program. In order to do that you either need to take an English test or to prove that you have previously completed at least 3 years of post-secondary education in an English-speaking country.

      Please fill out the “submit inquiry” form on this page https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/ and our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

      Thank you!

  29. Ahmed says:

    I am a Canadian national living in Pakistan. want to enroll for Immigration consultant program (ONLINE). i need o know if complete all courses online how much time will i have to appear in the exam after i am done with all courses. I will have to come to Canada to appear in the exam.i also need to know all expenses including books cost, related to this course.


    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Ahmed,
      Thanks for your interest in the Immigration Consultant Diploma program.
      If you’re willing to take the program online it will take you about half a year if you study full-time or about a year if you study part-time to complete it. Then you will need to take the Entry-to-Practice exam from the ICCRC as per their schedule. Please find their dates on the website: https://iccrc-crcic.ca/become-a-rcic/
      As for the exact cost of the textbooks and other questions related to this program please contact our admissions team at [email protected]
      Thank you!

  30. daniel jeong says:


    I am thinking of enrolling in your IMCD after July 31, 2020. I am noticed that the program will continue in its current form till December 31, 2022 and the final date for admitting new students is July 31, 2020. By the way, If I will enrol before the deadline and would like to register IMCD in Jan 2021, do i need to be the study permit holder at that time?

    I wish to graduate before the new rules are in place, so I am working as a work permit holder and it is not allowed to join any of the educational programs in Canada now.
    Hopefully, I will become a permanent resident in the latter half of 2020.
    So, please let me know how I should do in order to enrol your IMCD while I am a work permit holder.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Daniel,

      You can take the IMCD program when you have a study permit in Canada. However, in order to qualify for the licensing exam to become a registered immigration consultant, you need to become a Canadian permanent resident or a citizen.

      Please get in touch with our admissions officer for more details: [email protected]

      Thank you!

  31. Simon ITAMAN says:

    I need admission package

  32. Jay patel says:

    Hello there
    I am interested in IRCC consultant course online and I came to know about changes coming up for the language requirement and length of course so I want to get enrolled what documents required and how much I need to pay to get registered and I am looking for intake after July 2019
    Thank you

  33. Scarlett says:

    I wonder if I can register this program. Where can I get my English level test before the registration? Thank you!

  34. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Jordan,
    As for your question, once you get your licence of a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, you won’t have to take the test again.
    Please find more details about the Immigration Consultant Diploma here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/immigration-consultant-diploma-imcd/
    If you have any further questions or are ready to apply please contact our admissions officer at [email protected] or by phone (604) 899-0803
    Thank you!

  35. Jordan Smith says:

    If I take the program and finish it in 2020 and take the RCIC EPE and get my Licence, what happen next? Do I have to take the test again when the new RCIC EPE is lanched?


  36. Yewande Aturamu says:


    I will like to enroll in the Immigration Practitioner Program at Ashton College. I need more information about how to enroll, what is the time frame to finish the program, what is the cost? etc

  37. Yewande Aturamu says:


    I will like to enroll in the Immigration Practitioner Program at Ashton College. I need more information about how to enroll, what is the time frame to finish the program, what is the cost? etc

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