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Queen’s Law launches online course for immigration consultants

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 9:55 AM | By John Chunn

The Queen’s University Faculty of Law announced the launch of its graduate diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.

According to the Kingston, Ont., university’s press release, as of Aug. 1, 2020, this online program will be the only English-language program in Canada accepting students for training to become regulated immigration consultants. It is now accepting applicants for the first cohort of the program, currently scheduled to begin in January 2021.

“We’re poised to make a meaningful difference in the training and education of immigration consultants across the country,” said the program’s academic director, Sharry Aiken, a professor at Queen’s Law and expert on immigration and refugee law. “We have developed a program that blends competency training with academics, to prepare the next generation of regulated Canadian immigration consultants with both the knowledge and professional skills they need to thrive.”

The program, consisting of nine courses offered across two terms of full-time study, has been developed over a year of consultation with regulated immigration consultants, immigration and citizenship experts and immigration lawyers. “This program was created with the support of a national advisory council,” Aiken said. “This committee is representative of the regions of Canada and the kinds of work that consultants do. In developing the program, we gave practitioners and the legal community a direct channel in the development of the program — particularly important given some concerns the bar has about the sector.”

The university’s press release notes that the graduate diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law is the third Queen’s Faculty of Law program to launch online in the last four years, continuing a pattern of growth in education that began under former dean Bill Flanagan and continues under the faculty’s current dean, Mark Walters

The program will be offered online, with some optional in-class elements available in late 2021. 

The program is taking applications now. Admissions eligibility details are available at the program’s website. The program’s first course offerings are due to go online for its first cohort of students in January 2021.