Strengthening the educational requirements for prospective RCICs
As of August 1, 2020, the 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 all Immigration Practitioner Programs (IPPs).
Requiring a higher level of knowledge and education credentials from prospective RCICs increases their competence and better facilitates their successful practice.
Queen’s University: https://immigrationdiploma.queenslaw.ca (in English only)
The two-term, nine-course program started online in January 2021.
Université de Montréal: https://admission.umontreal.ca/programmes/dess-en-reglementation-canadienne-et-quebecoise-de-limmigration/presentation/ (in French only)
The program is set to launch in the fall of 2021.