Canadian Immigration Law Specialist

This program is designed to meet the needs of Non-Government Staff, Employees of Canadian Immigration Lawyers/ Canadian Immigration Consultants and international organizations (Agents) that work with cross-border legal matters. Our instructors are all immigration consultants with decades of experience and knowledge in the industry. The comprehensive curriculum will enhance your career prospects and the reputation of the firm you currently operate or plan to establish.

NEXT START DATE:
July 4th, 2022
*In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details.

What you'll learn

The legal and regulatory background of Canadian immigration
Different types of immigration classes
Determine the admissibility and eligibility of applicants
How to submit appeals and handle admissibility hearings
The most up-to-date trends and policy changes in the world of immigration

*** This program is not recognized or endorsed by The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) for Registration as a Regulated  Canadian Immigration Consultant, for more information https://college-ic.ca

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Introduction to Immigration Law, Policy and Practice

The CIL 100 course introduces key resources and terminology of the immigration field. Students will examine the history of immigration in Canada, as well as the current legal and political framework that governs Canada’s immigration system. The course introduces the various categories of immigration in Canada, which will be explored in greater detail in later courses. Students will also begin to work with simulated cases. (Course is designed to meet the needs of Non-Government Staff, Employees and Agents of Canadian Lawyers and Canadian Immigration Consultants (Regulated) , and for personal interest.

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Residency, and Canadian Citizenship

Building upon the foundation of the first course, students will further examine the research tools, resources, legal precedent decisions significant to the immigration profession. In addition, students will examine the fundamental principles of eligibility and admissibility. The course will provide the opportunity for students to apply commonly used immigration research tools, resources, and legal precedent decisions to immigration case studies

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Economic Class

Building from the economic class introduction in CIL 100, students will examine the various categories of economic migration. The course will cover the federal, provincial, territorial, and Quebec economic categories. Students will work through a variety of case studies, quizzes and discussions and there will be many tips and suggested tools for students.

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Family Class

In this case study-based course, students will build on the knowledge gained in CIL 100. Students will learn how to identify members of the Family Class and Spouse or Common-Law Partner In Canada Class. All aspects of an application under these classes will be covered, such as eligibility and admissibility requirements for members of these classes. Case studies will ensure students are able to research and assess Family Class and Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada applications.

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Temporary Class

In this course, students will examine the temporary immigration categories in more depth: working in Canada, studying in Canada, and visiting Canada. Through a variety of case studies, students will look at the conditions to work, study, visit and obtain permanent residency in Canada. The course also covers the impact of international agreements on the eligibility to work in Canada.

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Appeals, Admissibility Hearings and Detentions

In this course, students will review the process of admissibility hearings, examinations, appeals and detention reviews. Students will be able to identify those alleged to be inadmissible to Canada and the procedures to follow until the issuance of a removal order or admission or right to remain in Canada. Students will learn about the different removal orders and the process of appeal to the Immigration Appeal Board and the possible results of an appeal. Students will be taught to advise their clients about appeals that can be made to the Federal Court and the possible results of these appeals. Students will learn how to conduct detention reviews and the legal procedures that ensue.

Hearings and Appeals: Advanced

Building upon the foundation of the Appeal, Inadmissibility and Detentions course, students will examine in detail a continuous case study of a sponsorship appeal. Moving from fundamentals and theory, students will follow the case study which will help illustrate how an appeal might progress from beginning to end. Students will be able to critically assess a case, conduct relevant research, prepare the client and witnesses, and present cogent arguments with the goal of persuading the IRB member to allow an appeal.

Refugee Class

This course will build upon the overview of Canada’s refugee program provided in CIL 100. In this case-based course, students will examine the definition of a refugee, the complexities of Canada’s refugee system, as well as the role of an immigration consultant in representing a client’s refugee claim. Students will follow five refugee claimants through the various stages of a refugee application. Students will conduct Person Concerned interviews to determine status, prepare for refugee hearings and appeals, present evidence and testimony, and prepare rebuttal arguments – with the ultimate goal being the conferring of Refugee Status upon the claimant.

Canadian Immigration Law and Policy Review and Update

In this course, students will review all of the topics covered in the prior sessions. Updates and any changes in these immigration programs will be covered as well. Additional resources will include a study plan with references to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

Holly Gracey

Holly has been involved in the immigration consulting profession for close to 35 years. She has a passion for teaching and has been an instructor with e-Academy since its inception in 2009. In addition, she has also taught at immigration consulting educational conferences at both a national and regional level. She has consistently proven her dedication to her chosen profession by holding several key positions on boards of directors and committees instrumental in the development and growth of the immigration consulting profession.

Holly is the Managing Director and Secretary of R.M.G. Consultants Ltd. She specializes in Canadian immigration applications for all federal and provincial economic classes with special emphasis on business classes, temporary classes (including visitor and student) and worker family classes specific to spouses and parents, as well as dependent and adopted children.

Imran Qayyum

C.GIS, FCMI, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C., RCIC

Imran is the Chair of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) and the former Chair of the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).

Imran has been a practising immigration consultant for over 32 years and specializes in family, skilled worker and business class immigration. He has been a strong advocate for the promotion and enhancement of the Immigration Consulting profession. He has participated in consultative meetings with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on matters involving immigration policy and operational procedures and has been invited on several occasions to appear as a witness in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) to give testimony on issues pertaining to Canada’s immigration system being examined by the Committee. In addition, Imran contributes regularly to immigration matters for Canadian media.

Throughout his career, Imran has been closely involved with the progression of Canada’s Immigration Consulting profession and firmly believes that in order to provide competent service, all immigration professionals must undergo a formal education program of immigration studies in order to gain the core competencies needed to understand Canada’s complex immigration laws and policies. To that end, he teaches and mentors on a regular basis.
Throughout his career, Imran has been closely involved with the progression of Canada’s Immigration Consulting profession and firmly believes that in order to provide competent service, all immigration professionals must undergo a formal education program of immigration studies to gain the core competencies needed to understand Canada’s complex immigration laws and policies. To that end, he teaches and mentors on a regular basis.

John P. Ryan

RCIC, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.

John’s diversified background and teaching experience makes him a top-notch instructor at e-Academy. His career has spanned several professions, but his dedication to immigration consulting and the regulation of the profession has always been top of mind.

John has a thorough understanding of most areas of Canadian immigration, rendering his experience virtually unparalleled in the profession. He has been fortunate to enjoy a diversified career that includes international experience as a corporate director, a senior manager, a public servant and an entrepreneur. As a public servant, he also had the privilege of serving Canada as a Senior Immigration Officer, a Customs Inspector and a Commissioned Officer in the Armed Forces.

John has several areas of specialty including immigration, corporate governance, human resources and compensation.

Dianne Normandeau

Dianne has been an instructor with the CSIC e-Academy since June 2010. She is an accomplished Immigration Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the immigration industry. Her background has given her the advantage of gaining practical experience and knowledge in various areas of immigration most specifically, business, family class and all temporary applications, such as work permits, study permits and visitors. Her professional path has led her to her own immigration consultancy practice since October 2008.

Dianne is a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and is a Recognized Consultant by the Quebec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC).

Dianne has great pleasure in providing guidance and helping the students to reach their goal of becoming a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. The e-Academy not only teaches them about immigration matters but where to research to find the valuable information they will need to help their future clients; tools of the trade and industry insight.
Holly is the Managing Director and Secretary of R.M.G. Consultants Ltd. She specializes in Canadian immigration applications for all federal and provincial economic classes with special emphasis on business classes, temporary classes (including visitor and student) and worker family classes specific to spouses and parents, as well as dependent and adopted children.

Keith C.A. Frank Esq.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Mr. Keith Frank has been in practice, specializing in immigration law for the past 39 years.

Mr. Keith Frank is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and a member in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). He has held the title of National President of the Association of Immigration Counsel of Canada (AICC) as well as Vice President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Counsel (CAPIC) for several years, which is the current professional body of Immigration Consultants.

Mr. Frank was instrumental in encouraging the government to regulate Immigration Consultants, which came into being in 2004. He also advocated that all Immigration consultants meet a test of competency, which is still in place today for all prospective Immigration Consultants, through the regulatory body, the Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

Before the creation of the ICCRC, Mr. Frank was selected by the first regulatory body of Immigration Consultants, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), to mediate a dispute, thus preventing a lawsuit in the Federal Court.

Mr. Frank has equally received various recognitions, such as recognition from the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), for his distinguished service. He is also a past recipient of the Leadership Award for his outstanding vision, courage, dedication and commitment in service to the association, its members, and the profession.
As President, Xymius Education Group, Dr. Halim has been helping institutions and businesses for years with their international business needs. In the past, as President and Chief Academic Officer, he managed a large, complex multinational educational consortium with executive management degree program offerings in several countries. He has repeatedly helped numerous institutions and businesses representing a wide range of industries with a strategic turnaround, management of change, rapid business expansion, and international partnerships. He has lived and worked in many countries, managed several institutions, taught, lectured, and trained senior civil servants and their trainers, business owners, and corporate executives from around the world.

Dr. Halim has published over 100 articles covering a wide range of topics and has been the recipient of numerous international awards for academic and professional excellence from prestigious honour societies.

Tina Ryan

C.GIS, RCIC

Tina is the Chair of Canadian Migration Institute, the President of Visa Seminars International Inc.—a reputable immigration consulting firm based in Vancouver Island and the General Partner of US-based Aerie Leisure LLP. Tina is also a US FAA licensed Private Pilot and a Co-author of PCTIA accredited immigration educational program CSIC E-Academy, an instructor and a bilingual entrepreneur who has conducted business successfully in different countries such as China, Canada and the USA.
As President, Xymius Education Group, Dr. Halim has been helping institutions and businesses for years with their international business needs. In the past, as President and Chief Academic Officer, he managed a large, complex multinational educational consortium with executive management degree program offerings in several countries. He has repeatedly helped numerous institutions and businesses representing a wide range of industries with a strategic turnaround, management of change, rapid business expansion, and international partnerships. He has lived and worked in many countries, managed several institutions, taught, lectured, and trained senior civil servants and their trainers, business owners, and corporate executives from around the world.

Dr. Halim has published over 100 articles covering a wide range of topics and has been the recipient of numerous international awards for academic and professional excellence from prestigious honour societies.

Who is IGS?


The Institute of Global Specialists (IGS) is a not-for-profit college located in St. John, New Brunswick (CAN). However, IGS students may complete their courses from anywhere in the world, provided they have access to a reliable internet connection.

How are the classes delivered?

 

Our programs are 100% online and are accessible by all mobile devices. Students will simply need access to a reliable internet connection to access their student account. Study materials are pre-recorded or readings, slides, so you get to schedule your own study time. As long as you are meeting the deadlines for your assignments, quizzes and discussions, you’re good to go. Final course exams are typically scheduled on the last weekend of the course.


Instructors are available via email for additional guidance regarding course materials, and IGS staff will assist with any technical questions. While some courses don’t have live classes, they are designed to accommodate live interactions in the form of virtual office hours, as needed.

When do the IGS programs start?

 

We have monthly start dates. In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details!

What are the entrance requirements? How do I apply?

 

A demonstrated ability in English and prior studies at a post-secondary level or relevant professional experience: submission of a resume. We may request further documentation.

 

To apply, click here.

  • Select your program of choice
  • Fill out the required information
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Pay the $175.00 (plus tax) Application Feenon-refundable

 

Once you have done this, a member of our admissions team will contact you within 24-48 hours to confirm your application has been received and discuss the next steps.

What is the Cost of the IGS programs? Is financial assistance available?

 

Each module for every program costs CAD$586+tax where applicable. Students can pay as they go (course-by-course).

A non-refundable CAD$175 (plus tax) application fee is also required.

Financing options for 18, 24 or 30 months are also available. CAD$586+tax initial payment is required before the start of the first module.

How long are the IGS programs?

 

The IGS programs have 6, 7, 8 or 9 modules; and each module is 4-5 weeks long.

 

  • Foreign Service and International Development Specialist program (FSIDS): 6 modules (24 weeks)
  • Global Immigration Specialist program (GIS): 6 modules (26 weeks)
  • Global Supply Chain Specialist program (GPS): 7 modules (26 weeks)
  • Canada Border Service Specialist program (CBSS): 7 modules (29 weeks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist Program (AIML): 7 modules (28 weeks)
  • Global Education Specialist program (GES): 8 modules (39 weeks)
  • Canadian Immigration Law Specialist program (CIL): 9 modules (42 weeks)

Is career support available?

 

IGS students can join our free career placement module. This module is designed to support IGS students to transition seamlessly to a job, and understand the numerous pathways to various career opportunities. From writing their resume, cover letters, to tips on how to best navigate the job application process and handling a job interview, students will gain practical skills to help them succeed in their post-program endeavours. The module also focuses on helping IGS students develop engagement strategies, and identify networks and job opportunities with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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