Certificate in Family Class Immigration Law (CFCL) (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours/ 13 weeks

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

Dates to be announced.


This is an advanced certificate in Family Class Immigration Law to be delivered in class and online to Lawyers, Quebec Notaries, Paralegals and Immigration Consultants who are seeking an in-depth knowledge of this area of Family Class Immigration Law. The intent of the family class immigration program is to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with close family members. By undertaking to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide for the basic needs of their family members so they do not have to rely on social assistance. This course will examine all family class applications for permanent residence that are submitted at the same time as the sponsorship application to a Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Canada. CPCs are the primary offices responsible for processing family class sponsorship applications. This course will also explore why some family class eligibility determinations may be made at other Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices where required.

Course Prerequisites

None, however, this certificate is designed for Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing with a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; Notaries who are members in good standing with the Chambre des notaires du Québec; and Citizenship or immigration consultants who are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to provide:

  1. Understand the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations pertaining to Family Class;
  2. Understand the categories under the Family Class;
  3. Understand who can be sponsored in the Family Class;
  4. Understand who is eligible to sponsor a member of the Family Class;
  5. Understand the difference between a legal and a genuine relationship, and what is meant by ‘bad faith’;
  6. Understand the requirement to process adopted children;
  7. Understand the difference between an Outside of Canada and an In-Canada permanent resident application;
  8. Understand the process of Family Class dependents abroad;
  9. Demonstrate the practical ability to be able to complete application forms relating to Family Class sponsorships and applications; and
  10. Understand the most relevant case law related to the Family Class.


Nevena Djuricic

Nevena Djuricic earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sarajevo. Before immigrating to Canada, she practiced law in her home country and was appointed a municipal court judge for Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987. In 2002, Nevena graduated from the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program. Nevena is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and a former CAPIC BC Chapter, Policy and Lobbying Committee member, who worked on promoting and protecting the integrity of the profession. She was also a presenter at the CAPIC Continuous Education Seminars. In 2012, Nevena received the Ashton College Faculty Award, presented to an instructor who projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community. Nevena is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, a member of ICCRC since its inception.

*Subject to change without notice

Continuing Professional Development

1) The Law Society of Yukon has added this Certificate to their CPD listing for members for on-line CPD Events offered across Canada.

2) For British Columbia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as it has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia.

3) The Law Society of Alberta is recommending that Alberta lawyers consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in their annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.

4) For Nova Scotia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

5) For Newfoundland and Labrador lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students should have access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions. To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.


Registration fee for the course is $995.

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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