Strengthening the educational requirements for prospective RCICs
Since 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).
Individuals seeking to pursue a career as RCICs must meet the academic requirements established by the universities for the Graduate Diploma program. In general, admission requires a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum B average or equivalent, together with proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages. Please see the links below for further information or to apply.
An applicant who does not meet these minimum academic requirements may apply to the university under an “access” category. This pathway assesses candidates based on other considerations, including post-secondary degree studies and relevant work experience, on a case-by-case basis. Relevant work experience may include prior work in the immigration sector or in a regulated profession such as a licensed paralegal. For more information about the “access” category, contact the university using the links below.
|Queen’s University – additional information about the Graduate Diploma Program: https://immigrationdiploma.queenslaw.ca (in English only)
The three-term, nine-course program started online in January 2021.
|Université de Montréal – additional information about the Graduate Diploma Program https://admission.umontreal.ca/programmes/dess-en-reglementation-canadienne-et-quebecoise-de-limmigration/presentation/ (in French only)
The program started in August 2021.