School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Law: Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law

GDip Immigration & Citizenship law -students


Your next step to a life-changing career!
As of January 2021, Queen’s Faculty of Law will offer the only English-language pathway to becoming a licensed immigration consultant in Canada. Our program will train the next generation of immigration consultants in the full range of competencies and skills, from immigration and citizenship law to best practices for 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 sets a new standard for immigration consultants.

The Graduate Diploma will equip students with the knowledge, practical skills and sound judgment necessary to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant.

Program Contact

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

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 75799











Program Overview

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has named Queen’s University Faculty of Law as the sole accredited English language provider of a new graduate diploma program to train prospective immigration and citizenship consultants. Delivered primarily online and including an optional blended format (online/onsite), Queen’s Law will launch its new Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law in January 2021.

This program will be aimed at training students to write the ICCRC’s Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant Entry-to-Practice Exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates may apply to become a member of the ICCRC and, subject to successfully completing the registration process and being admitted to the Council, would then be permitted to offer immigration and/or citizenship advice and/or representation for a fee.


Career paths – employment opportunities

This program merges theory and practice to prepare students for work in any number of areas: Prospective immigration consultants; Paralegals; Lawyers seeking specialized training in immigration law; Advisors at universities and colleges; Human resources professionals; Leaders in Immigration settlement organizations; Federal and provincial officials

Method of Completion
  • Online
  • Two terms of full-time study (approx. 45 hours a week)
  • Four terms of part-time study if you want to study while fulfilling other commitments
  • 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. Visit the Law website for more details about financing and flexible payment options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law will require all of the following:

1. A Bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Transcripts are required (copies of official transcripts are acceptable for review purposes only, students must arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies before an offer can be finalized ). Queen’s University graduates do not need to submit a transcript.

2. A minimum of a B average.

3. English Language Test Scores.  Proficiency in English is a mandatory admission requirement for all GDipICL applicants, regardless of your country of origin. To satisfy the language requirement, applicants must meet one of the following two criteria:

  1. English is your native language; or
  2. Within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, you have studied 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.

Those 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.

4. Letters of Recommendation - Applicants are required to two referees, including one academic for students who have graduated 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. Referees should be individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic or professional performance.

5. A Statement of Objectives - Applicants must submit a 200-250 word statement of your career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.


Applicant Type Requirement Description
All applicants Statement of Interest Explain your interest in the program! Include prior experience and how the program fits your career plans. (500 words maximum)
All non-Queen's applicants* Transcripts Copies of all post-secondary transcripts are required (unofficial are accepted). Note: Original official transcript(s) will be required from all applicants who accept an offer of admission. *Queen's University students and alumni do not need to submit transcripts from their studies at Queen's
International Students English Language Proficiency Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will need to earn satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. Any applicant whose first language is not English, but who, within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, has studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, may submit with their application a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement. The Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies, will review the request. The applicant will be informed of the results of the review.
3. Application Deadline & Start Dates
Deadline - October 12, 2020 for a January 2021 start. 

These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation.

Grad Maps

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