Apply for the Queen's Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law

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Applying as an Interest Student

When applying as an Interest Student you must identify whether you are registering for Program Credit or for No Program Credit. Please ensure you have read the description for both on our Program page before completing your application.

All Interest Students are required to meet the program’s admissions requirements.

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Please note, you will need to have access to digital files of language test results (if required) and official copies of all post-secondary transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, law etc.) (PDF preferred) before beginning the application form.

Students registered for Program Credit may be eligible to apply for admission to the GDipICL on either a full-time or part-time basis, if the requirements for good standing are met (B- in all courses). Please ensure you have reviewed the admission requirements below before continuing.

Applications can be saved and revised for up to 7 days after beginning the application process, by revisiting the application link again, using the device you began the application process.

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Admission Requirements

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.

On an exceptional basis, consideration may be given to highly motivated individuals with some post-secondary degree studies at the university level, as well as extensive professional experience who do not have a minimum of a B average or a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. Additional requirements for the access category include a detailed cv with a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience. The Admissions Committee retains the discretion to require a personal interview. Applicants wishing to apply as an “access” candidate should contact immigrationdiploma@queensu.ca for more information.

3.  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.

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

IELTS (Academic) minimum overall score 6.5 with at least 6.5 for each component

TOEFL-PBT Paper-based test minimum overall score of 587

TOEFLiBT Internet-based test minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum score in each component test as follows:

Writing test: 25/30
Speaking test: 25/30
Reading test: 23/30
Listening test: 22/30

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.

Offers of admission will be extended to otherwise eligible applicants, conditional on 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 GDipICL application process.

Please Note:

To become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, applicants are required to write the ICCRC’s RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam and meet all of the mandatory requirements outlined in the ICCRC’s registration guide.

As you will see in the ICCRC’s Registration Guide, the requirement for a language proficiency test has no exceptions regardless of your place of birth, how long you have lived in Canada or some other English/French speaking country, ancestry, mother tongue, or instructional language in which you have completed any prior education how many college or university degrees or diplomas you have earned, or any exemption you may have received from another organization. Everyone must prove their superior language ability by providing language test results.

Recognized English language proficiency tests are valid for two years so your test score used for the purpose of admission to the GDipICL may suffice for the purpose of the RCIC registration process, predicated, of course, on meeting the ICCRC’s language testing requirements.

4. Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, including one academic letter 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.

Other Factors Governing Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant eligibility

Language Scores

Applicants wishing to register for the EPE exam with the national 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 (IRPA) 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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