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Ashton College is launching a new program to help jumpstart your career in the immigration field

The Ashton College Downtown Vancouver Campus in Coal Harbour.

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The Ashton College Downtown Vancouver Campus in Coal Harbour.

Ashton College is launching a program for individuals who want to be a part of a thriving immigration industry. Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate program prepares current and future administrative assistants for working in immigration offices, government offices or law firms.

“Immigration is a fast-growing industry, especially with the Canadian government’s plans to bring nearly 1 million new immigrants in the next 3 years,” says Ron McKay, director of immigration practitioner programs at Ashton College. “Here at Ashton College, we understand the need to fill the gap for skilled work in the immigration sector, which is why we developed a new program to help legal assistants advance their knowledge with specialization in immigration.”

Ashton College has been providing education in the area of immigration consulting for over 10 years, helping hundreds of immigration practitioners achieve success in the industry. The new Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate program is designed to help each student develop a thorough understanding of the Canadian immigration system and procedures. Students will learn basic immigration principles, develop an understanding of the code of ethics and liability, and gain knowledge of specific submission procedures. Special attention will be given to various client applications and agreements, business communication, and work in the legal office.

“Immigration legal assistants that understand Canadian immigration law and how it can play out in a client’s application are an asset to any immigration office,” says McKay. “Simply having administrative skills is not enough, not when a client’s future is on the line.”

Ashton College’s Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate program is ideal for legal assistants who want to upgrade their knowledge of Canadian immigration laws, as well as for people with some post-secondary education or experience who want a faster entry into the job market in the immigration field.

This program can be taken both in-class at the downtown Vancouver campus, and online through live webinars and online quizzes. The first cohort starts this February. For more information, please visit ashtoncollege.ca/ilac.

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