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Canada: CBIE to build student visa advice training

The Canadian Bureau for International Education will develop a training programme to enable international student advisors at education institutions to advise students on immigration policy and practice, it has announced.

The programme will be a "cornerstone professional development offering", said Karen McBride, CBIE's president and CEO. Photo: The PIE News.

“CBIE is the central national network for ISAs, and building this education program is a natural progression of our work”

The programme will be offered online in both English and French and will prepare ISAs, who support international students in a welfare capacity, for an entry exam to become Regulated International Student Immigration Advisers.

“The programme will cover the scope of immigration policies and practices pertinent to international students”

The new professional designation was developed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council with input from the Canadian Consortium for International Education, which comprises CBIE, Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Languages Canada and CAPS-I.

“The programme will cover the scope of immigration policies and practices pertinent to international students and will be a cornerstone professional development offering within our sector, made possible with the support of our members coast to coast,” said Karen McBride, CBIE’s president and CEO.

“CBIE is the central national network for ISAs, and building this education program is a natural progression of our work,” she commented.

ICCRC announced plans to introduce the new designation last year, after education institutions learned in 2013 that their ISAs were not allowed to offer immigration advice to students unless they were also qualified as Regulated Canadian Immigration Advisers within the ICCRC.

The programme is still in the development stages and details including cost have yet to be announced.

However, it is likely to make training ISAs more affordable as it will equip them only with the specialist knowledge they need to address student immigration issues.

Many education institutions had previously voiced concerns about the cost of undergoing training to become Regulated Canadian Immigration Advisers, which goes beyond the scope of the advice they would need to offer.

“CBIE is very excited about this,” a spokesperson told The PIE News. “We are committed to a streamlined and focused programme, helping registrants to successfully become RISIAs and effectively serve and assist international students at their respective institutions.”

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