School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Law: Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law

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Your next step to a life-changing career!
Queen’s Faculty of Law offers the only English-language pathway to becoming a licensed immigration consultant in Canada. Our program is training the next generation of immigration consultants in the full range of competencies they will need, from immigration and citizenship law to best practices for career success. 

Immigration affects us all, today and for the future.

Immigration is at the heart of Canadian culture and industry. Over seven million foreign-born individuals call this country home, and over the next three years, we will welcome nearly a million more. Developed by leading immigration practitioners and academics from across the country and operating under the guidance of Academic Director Sharry Aiken — one of Canada's foremost experts in the field of immigration law — the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law is setting a new standard for immigration consultants.

The Graduate Diploma is designed for individuals who are looking to enter Canada’s immigration sector, as well as those seeking to enhance their skills and competencies about the immigration system to support their existing profession. The courses are aligned with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s (ICCRC) essential competencies for Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants, and provide students with a deep understanding of Canadian immigration and citizenship law and procedures, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for successful practice in a variety of professional roles.


Program Contact

Andrea Labelle
Program Coordinator
Faculty of Law
128 Union Street, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 75799














Program Overview

The Queen’s Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law will prepare you for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s (ICCRC) mandatory Entry-to-Practice Exam and equip you with the skills you will need to be a successful immigration consultant. 

The Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law is designed and optimized for the online learning environment. You’ll be able to work directly with faculty and your fellow students in online forums and discussions, and through group activities such as case studies, simulations, and more. 

Program components

The Graduate Diploma is designed and optimized for online learning with weekly tutorials that feature direct interaction with instructors who are leading experts in the field. All courses include a schedule of synchronous, mandatory tutorial sessions. While timing varies between courses, students should expect about one to two hours per week, per course. Tutorials are typically offered on weekday evenings, Tuesday to Thursday between 4:00 – 10:00 pm ET and Sundays between 9:00 am - 12 pm ET. Learn more about tutorials on on Law's FAQ page.

Self-directed learning is an important component of this program, aimed to prepare students for the rigours of the profession. Students are responsible for managing their learning strategies through self-directed work, including time and workload management, asking probing questions during tutorials, staying abreast of sector developments and charting their own intellectual exploration.  

Career paths – employment opportunities

The Graduate Diploma is designed for individuals who are looking to enter Canada’s immigration sector, as well as those seeking to enhance their skills and competencies about the immigration system to support and advance in their existing professions. It merges theory with practice to prepare students for a number of vital roles in the immigration sector, as well as functions that support organizations on immigration and citizenship matters. These include:  

  • Immigration consultants  
  • Paralegals  
  • Lawyers seeking specialized training in immigration law  
  • Advisors and recruitment specialists at universities and colleges  
  • Human resources professionals  
  • Leaders in immigrant settlement organizations   
  • Constituency assistants for members of federal, provincial,  and territorial legislatures  
  • Immigration and border policy analysts and program specialists in government agencies  
  • Business development leads at law firms  
  • Diplomatic services and consular support professionals  
Method of Completion
  • The Graduate Diploma is a three-term, nine-course program that was designed from the ground up and optimized for experiential online learning. Students can complete the program in under 12 months to progress towards the Entry-to-Practice Exam, and an exciting career path in immigration.
  • While the program is designed for full-time learning, to prepare students for the ICCRC’s mandatory Entry-to-Practice Exam, part-time options are available on a limited basis. Part-time students have between 24 and 36 months to complete all program requirements. 
  • Students who do not wish to apply for the Graduate Diploma but meet the requirements for admission can apply for single course enrolment as either an Interest Student for Program Credit or as an Interest Student for No Program Credit. Students can register for up to four courses individually.  Applicants to this category must apply via the “Apply as an Interest Student” now button on the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law web portal.
  • Students must complete all nine courses with a minimum grade of B- to graduate.
Tuition Fees & Financing

Total tuition for the program is currently $14,167. Payments can be prorated throughout terms of study.

Queen's Law has partnered with RBC to offer a student line of credit tailored to your needs (subject to credit approval). Visit the Law website for more details about financing and flexible payment options.

Admission Requirements

For a detailed breakdown of admission requirements, please review the Handbook of Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures. 

1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university (or equivalent institution).

A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study you have listed in the Academic Background section of the application. Transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, then uploaded to the online application. Please see the “Tips for Transcript Upload” document HERE. You can also consult the School of Graduate Studies website for more information, HERE.

*Applicants with a degree from a post-secondary institution that is not a recognized university will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. A minimum of a B average 

Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies is committed to enhancing diversity in graduate education, which includes ensuring mechanisms for applications from prospective students who may not have had opportunity and advantage equal to others to be considered.

On an individual basis, consideration may be given to highly motivated individuals with some post-secondary degree studies at the university level, as well as professional experience who do not have a minimum of a B average or a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Applicants wishing to apply as an “access” candidate should apply through the regular admissions portal and are requested to identify the life circumstances that may have prohibited, presented barriers, and/or discouraged access to advanced degree studies, in their Statement of Interest (#5 below). Applicants must also send a detailed resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience to by the application deadline.

The Admissions Committee retains the discretion to require a personal interview.

3. Language Test Scores 

Proficiency in English is a mandatory admission requirement for all Graduate Diploma applicants, regardless of your country of origin. Below are the only exemptions to English language testing. You may be exempted from English language testing, if:  

i. English is your native language; or

ii. Within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, you have studied full-time for at least two academic terms at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction. Proof will be required that it has not been more than one year since you were a student at the post-secondary institution and also that English is the language of instruction there. Acceptable proof of this is the original, official transcript, received from the issuing post-secondary institution or uploaded as part of the application for admission. If it is not stated on or evident from the transcript that English is the language of instruction, you must make arrangements for a separate, official letter that confirms this to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing post-secondary institution.

iii. You have successfully completed ESLA 150 (University Preparation Level) in the Queen's School of English, English for Academic Purposes program, with an "A" grade.

Applicants who do not meet one of the requirements listed above will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process. 

Minimum requirements for the four English language proficiency tests which are accepted for applications to this program are as follows:

IELTS (Academic) minimum overall score 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component

TOEFL-PBT Paper-based test minimum overall score of 607

TOEFLiBT Internet-based test minimum overall score of 101 with a minimum score in each component test as follows:

Writing test: 25/30
Speaking test: 25/30
Reading test: 25/30
Listening test: 26/30

CAEL CE: Canadian Academic English Language Test, Computer Edition minimum overall score 70

The Admissions Committee retains the discretion to require a personal interview and/or submission of a language proficiency test score as part of the admissions process for applicants whose native languages include English.

Successful applicants whose native language is not English may be offered admission conditional upon receipt of a language proficiency test score that meets the above noted minimum requirements. Test scores must be received by the deadline for completing the Graduate Diploma program application process.

To support students in meeting their requirements, English language upgrading and support opportunities are offered by Queen’s School of English, in particular the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. This 12-week intensive English language program develops knowledge, skills, and strategies for academic success. It is offered three times per year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.

4. References  

 References are an important part of your application to the Graduate Diploma. Your referees will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies via email, and asked to provide their reference using an online reference form. The referees listed will not be contacted until your application has been successfully submitted and the application fee has been received.

At least one academic reference is required for students who have graduated from their bachelor’s degree less than five years prior to application. Applicants who have graduated more than five years prior to application are not required to submit an academic reference, and may instead provide two professional references. 

A professional reference should be an employer or workplace supervisor. The reference cannot be from a colleague, but should be someone whom you report to.

Choose referees who know your skills and experience, and who can communicate your ability to succeed in an academic program. We recommend that you contact your referees with a minimum of four weeks’ notice before the application deadline. Ensure that your referees are available and have ample time to complete the reference form before the application deadline.

Note that all reference forms are verified for authenticity. 

5. A Statement of Interest

Applicants must complete a 250 word (1450 characters) Statement of Interest in the online application system. Please explain your career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law. This is an important document that will be considered as part of the application review process. Please note the maximum 4000 characters in the online application system does not apply.


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