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Immigration Assistant

As an immigration assistant, you will possess professional knowledge of legal administrative support within Canadian immigration law firms and consulting practices.


This program will teach you both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills you need. Students gain the foundation to begin successful careers working as legal assistants in a variety of legal firms.


Admission Requirements


High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status.**


*From an English language teaching institution.

**Must be 19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass the college’s English admissions test.


This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

This program is 35 weeks in length.
  • Administrative Assistant

  • Legal Assistant

  • Legal Administrative Assistant

  • Legal Assistant - Immigration

  • Office Administrative Assistant

  • Immigration Case Processing Assistant

  • Clerical Assistant

  • Immigration Application Assistant


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Program Courses
BC-HCA-CP / Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as an HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture, and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.
HCA300 / Home Support / Assisted Living Practicum
This practice course provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Opportunity will be provided for students to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a home support agency and gain abilities that will prepare graduates to assume the role of a community health worker.
M1299 / Practicum III: Adolescent Care
This five week, unsupervised learning experience will integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout this program. Students will work with children, adolescents, and/or young adults in non-clinical settings such as schools and community centers by providing physical and emotional management and support.
M1295 / Recreational Program Planning
Facilitating recreational activities, using many different forms, are discussed in this module. Students learn to create program plans for various age groups and facility settings, utilizing appropriate therapeutic modes and maintaining a focus on emotional and cognitive goals of clients with special needs. This module takes a holistic view of assisting in the fulfillment of client needs.
M1260 / Teaching Life Skills / Group Process
During this module students will be presented with a simulated experience in which they plan and teach some basic life skills for those who may be living with disability, disorder, or limited resources. Students will be challenged to apply knowledge of group work while remaining focused on the goals. Students will be required to facilitate and search out needed supports and resources to aid the family and/or the individual to meet their basic needs. This module will introduce the students to different roles played by individuals when working with a group.
M1265 / Working within the School System
This module deals with physical, social and emotional growth and development during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Students will explore human needs in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. This module also introduces common disorders for school-aged children. Students will focus on various aspects of learning disabilities and mental challenges. Further exploration will lead the student into the world of autism and Aspergers Disorder with a brief look at Fetal Alcohol Effects. Emphasis will be placed on facilitating children with these disorders in a structured setting or classroom while maintaining the least restrictive environment.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
IMA199 / Immigration Practicum

This five-week practicum allows students to practise what they have learned in the program in real-life settings such as law firms, immigration practices or government immigration services. This time allows students to apply theory and skills learned while also observing professional in practice.

IMA107 / Immigration Processes Capstone

This course is partly designed for the students to practice what they have learned throughout the entire immigration program. Students will apply their learned research skills, prepare submissions, and fill in various forms and applications. Additionally, students will learn how to properly interview clients, open their case files, and deal with the various required documentation and letters that are required to communicate with their clients and the various immigration departments. Labour Market Opinions and Labour Market Impact Assessments will also be discussed in detail.

IMA106 / Immigration Law Procedures

This course will introduce students to the applicable legislative and regulatory requirements that apply to the various applications, forms, and processes involved in assisting immigration lawyers, paralegals and immigration consultants in their practice. Students will explore temporary and permanent resident applications, family and economic classes and processes, provincial and territorial programs, and the processes involved for adopting children. Students will also research cases in each of the areas of immigration practice in order to gain a full comprehensive understanding of the various categories and classes of immigration.

IMA104 / Ethics and Professional Conduct

The purpose of this course is to teach students the fundamentals and principles of ethics and professionalism in a Canadian legal environment with an emphasis on the rules and regulations specifying ethical conduct applicable to professionals assisting immigration lawyers, consultants and paralegals. Obligations around the use, collection and disclosure of personal information will be discussed. Students will gain an insight into the various codes of conduct, acts and legislation governing privacy and confidentiality at both the provincial and federal level.

IMA105 / Canadian Immigration Applications and Processes

During this course, students will explore the various aspects of refugee claims and other relevant processes involved in an immigration matter. Students will be exposed to humanitarian and compassionate applications while also exploring inadmissibility, permanent resident status, and how to complete application forms relating to inadmissibility under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Students will also perform research on a daily basis and will be shown how to research cases.

IMA103 / Legal Research and Writing

This course is designed to give the students a clear overview of the skills required to perform legal research as an Immigration Assistant. Students will be introduced to various research concepts that include legal terminology, how to find the law and information related to it, and the sources used to perform the research. Emphasis will be placed on immigration statutes, regulations, and case law. Students will also be introduced to proper writing concepts in addition to presentation techniques for which they will be required to perform a presentation as part of the curriculum.

IMA102 / Administrative Tribunals

This module introduces students to the principles of administrative law in Canada and the tribunals that administer them. Students will be introduced to various administrative law concepts and will come to have a full understanding of tribunal processes. The various IRB application processes and duties will be explored and discussed in relation to the tasks applicable to the assistant.

IMA101 / Introduction to Canadian Immigration Law

This module introduces students to the Canadian immigration laws, rules, policies, and procedures that are enforced and developed through Canadian government agencies, courts, and tribunals. Students will be introduced to immigration concepts such as grounds for entry into Canada, inadmissibility, permanent residency, and refugee status. Citizenship will also be discussed in detail, including how to process a Citizenship application.

LAA100 / General Legal Office Procedures & Documentation

In this module, students learn the day-to-day organization, management and procedures of a legal office. Latest developments in office technology are presented and applied practically as students draft standard legal documents such as agreements, statements of claim and defense, letters, and memos. Law office trust accounting concepts and procedures are also covered.

In this module, students are also introduced to important skills such as timekeeping, filing, and the effective use of communication systems (telephone, fax, and e-mail). One of the most highly valued abilities of legal administrative assistants and paralegals is that of being able to prioritize, organize, and multitask workloads. Students learn these important skills in tandem with problem solving and critical thinking skills development.

In this program, students will use hands-on exercises and typing exercises as well as legal transcription to improve facility and speed with word processing and other computer functions.

BC2W / Business Computer Applications

This course presents an introductory look at using a Windows environment computer and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).   
It covers the fundamentals of organizing files and folders, drafting business documents, creating presentations, and reporting data in spreadsheets. Students will have the opportunity to integrate their new skills in office communications tools in assignments related to their program of study. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis. 

M1280 / Advanced Behaviour Management and Mental Health
This module will address the philosophy of behavior management, non-aversive behaviour management, and non-violent intervention. There is a focus on the issues surrounding mental health, taking an extensive look at personality disorders and Schizophrenia. This module will develop the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career as a mental health worker.
M1270 / Advanced Health Issues
To aid in their understanding of developmental disabilities, this module starts with an introduction to genetics. Following the study of genetics, students will gain a better understanding of disorders such as Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and Down Syndrome. Knowledge of these disorders will aid those looking to pursue a career caring for individuals with developmental disorders.
CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
HCA500 / Career and Employment Strategies
Students review core program concepts and learning in order to market their skills effectively. Students will have the use of our Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers with your resume. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques and to carry out mock interviews.
BC-HCA-PROF / Introduction to the Health Care Assistant Program
This course/session provides an introduction to the Health Care Assistant program by providing an overview of the courses, work experience components, schedule, and expectations of students. The course also provides an overview of the provincial curriculum’s values, beliefs, and principles; purpose; and learning outcomes. Guest presenters (e.g. graduate of the HCA program, employer of HCAs) will be available for presentation, questions and answers, and the steps required to work as a health care assistant in any public health setting in BC – including registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
M1263 / Development Across the Lifespan - Birth to Adolescence
This module will address human development from conception through adolescence. The psychology and physiology of growth and development are examined. Students will learn about fetal development and the effect of teratogens on an unborn child.
BC-HCA-CHC / Healing 1: Caring for Individual Experiencing Common Health Challenges
This course introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centred practice as it relates to the common challenges to health. While learning about specific health challenges, the role of the HCA and how it may change in the acute care setting (depending on client acuity and intensity) is addressed.
BC-HCA-MNT / Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive and Mental Challenges
This course builds on content from other courses to assist students in exploring concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing mental challenges and also care for the family (other than dementia, which is covered in BC-HCA-COG). Students learn about the causes and treatments for some of the more common mental health disorders, appreciate the myths and stigmas associated with them, as well as distinguishing cultural perceptions. The course addresses current issues in mental health care, such as applications of the Mental Health Act, suicide risks and prevention, and general principles of mental health care and the various health care settings. It is important to note this is only an introductory course that introduces the field of mental health and how the HCA is involved within the healthcare team.
This course/session provides an introduction to the Health Care Assistant program by providing an overview of the courses, work experience components, schedule, and expectations of students. The course also provides an overview of the provincial curriculum’s values, beliefs, and principles; purpose; and learning outcomes. Guest presenters (e.g. graduate of the HCA program, employer of HCAs) will be available for presentation, questions and answers, and the steps required to work as a health care assistant in any public health setting in BC – including registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
BC-HCA-COM / Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others, and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of caregiving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunities to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills.
BC-HCA-LC / Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.
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