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Queen’s University Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law

July 15, 2021

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). 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. 

Alternative Pathways

An applicant who does not meet these minimum academic requirements may apply to the University under an “access” category. This pathway assesses candidates on other considerations including post secondary degree studies and relevant work experience, on a case-by-case basis by a dedicated admissions committee. 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 through the links below.

Program Information

Based on our Essential Competencies for RCIC Practice, both programs are to be delivered primarily online and include an optional blended format. 

Queen’s University:

For additional information about the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law (GDipICL) offered by Queen’s University Faculty of Law, click on the link below.

https://immigrationdiploma.queenslaw.ca (in English only)

The three-term, nine-course program launched in January 2021.

Université de Montréal:

For additional information about the D.E.S.S. en réglementation canadienne et québécoise de l’immigration offered by the Université de Montréal, click on the link below.

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.

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