Strengthening the educational requirements for prospective RCICs
As of August 1, 2020, Queen’s University Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law (GDipICL) and the D.E.S.S. en réglementation canadienne et québécoise de l’immigration offered by the Université de Montréal are the only educational pathways for individuals who want to become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), replacing the current Immigration and Practitioner Programs (IPPs ).
The GDipICL, a two-term, nine-course English program, will be delivered online by Queen’s Faculty of Law starting in January 2021. The French graduate diploma program, the D.E.S.S. en réglementation canadienne et québécoise de l’immigration, will be offered by the Faculté de droit and the Faculté de l’éducation permanente of the Université de Montréal and is set to launch in the fall of 2021. Both competency-based programs will be delivered primarily online and include an optional blended format.
Requiring a higher level of knowledge and education credentials from prospective RCICs increases their competence and better facilitates their successful practice.
How were the universities selected?
- October 2018 – A Request for Proposals was issued to retain educational providers to design, develop and implement a graduate diploma program, to be accredited by ICCRC
- May 1, 2019 – The Council announced Queen’s University as the sole accredited English provider of the Graduate Diploma
- December 22, 2020 – The Council announced Université de Montréal as the sole accredited French provider of the Graduate Diploma
Information on Queen’s program: https://immigrationdiploma.queenslaw.ca (in English only)
Information on the Université de Montréal program: https://admission.umontreal.ca/programmes/dess-en-reglementation-canadienne-et-quebecoise-de-limmigration/presentation/ (in French only)