Admission Requirements

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

Application Deadlines & Start Dates

•    September start - Application deadline:  April 1 
•    January start - Application deadline:  August 1

These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation (transcripts, references and language test scores if required).

Note: Admissions decisions will be communicated after the application deadline has closed, and normally no later than two months prior to program start date.

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 or equivalent in the bachelor’s degree.

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 (see #5 below). Applicants must also send a detailed resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience to by the application deadline. Some examples of relevant work experience include prior work as a paralegal, community legal worker, or in the immigration sector.

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

3.  Language test scores

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. There are only two grounds for exemption from this requirement, as elaborated below: 

  1. Any applicant whose native languages do not include English, but who, within the 12-month period prior to the month of application, has studied on a full-time basis for at least one complete year at a university 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. Proof will be required that it has not been more than one year since the applicant was a full-time student at the university and 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, arrangements must be made for a separate, official letter that confirms this to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing post-secondary institution. 
  2. Any applicant who has successfully completed ESLA 150 (University Preparation Level) in the Queen's School of English, English for Academic Purposes program, with an "A" grade may also submit a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement. 

Those applicants who do not meet one of the two 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 for 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 of 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. 

Individuals seeking admission to the GDipICL with “borderline” language test scores may wish to consider enrolling in the Queen's English for Academic Purposes program or an equivalent program prior to submitting a formal application. 

4. References

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma are required to identify two referees who will submit letters of reference. At least one academic reference is required for students who have graduated from their most recent degree studies less than five years prior to application. The second reference may be either a professional reference or an academic reference. 

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. 

Please note: A professional reference should be someone who has supervised you at work or in a volunteer position. References cannot be from a friend, colleague or relative.

Once you have submitted and paid for your application, your referees will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies via email, and asked to complete the online reference form. 

References are an important part of your application to the Graduate Diploma. It is highly advisable to select 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 submit a two-part, 200- 300 word (1280-1925 characters) statement of interest explaining their career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law. 

The statement of interest should be submitted through the online application system. More specific instructions are included in the online application. 
Please note the maximum 2000 characters in the online application system does not apply.

6. Eligibility

The Graduate Diploma is open to applicants of all nationalities, regardless of residency or citizenship status in Canada. However, the Entry-to-Practice (EPE) exam administered by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) can only be written by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For more information, please see Other Factors Governing Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant Eligibility in the textbox below.

Single course Enrolment

Students can register for up to four courses individually as an Interest Student. Students may enroll in an individual course as either an Interest Student for Program Credit or as an Interest Student for No Program Credit. Interest Students must meet all requirements for admission. Please visit GDipICL Handbook, section 2.2.2 for further information.

Other Factors Governing Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant eligibility

Language Scores

Applicants wishing to register for the Entry-to-Practice Exam with the federal regulator are required to demonstrate the equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 9 for English based on a test completed within the past two years. Language test equivalency charts are available here.

If you are applying with test scores below the CLB Level 9 required for the EPE exam, you might consider completing the Queen's English for Academic Purposes program prior to applying for the Graduate Diploma.

Exam Eligibility

Please note that while the Graduate Diploma accepts students of any nationality and residency status, the Entry-to-Practice (EPE) exam administered by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) can only be written by Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

ICCRC’s federal mandate stems from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Citizenship Act, which require anyone providing Canadian immigration or citizenship advice or representation for a fee or other consideration to be a member in good standing of ICCRC.

Exceptions are members in good standing of a law society in Canada or the Chambre des notaires du Québec. To qualify to write the ICCRC’s EPE Exam, and subsequently become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, you must be:

     · at least 18 years of age;

     · be a Canadian Citizen, Canadian Permanent Resident, or a Canadian Citizen who is a registered Indian within the meaning of the Indian act (Canada).

For more information, see: ICCRC’s “Become a RCIC” and The Entry-to-Practice Exam Application Form.

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