Immigration Policy and Law in Practice
November 17 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm ESTCost: Members: $495 | Non-Members: $595
This session is anticipated to be approved for 6 hours of CPD.
In this full-day interactive workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore Canadian immigration policy updates implemented in 2018-2019 as they relate to areas of practice for RCICs and RISIAs at Canadian post-secondary institutions, with a particular focus on international students. Through case studies and discussions with fellow immigration professionals, participants will examine how immigration law and policy impact students’ day-to-day academic and personal decisions, as well as approaches to advising to support students through the ambiguity of an ever-changing policy landscape. In addition to considering the nexus between immigration and institutional policy, attendees will reflect on their own dual roles as immigration practitioners and advisors within their institutions. Participants will also benefit from the opportunity to network with fellow immigration practitioners from institutions across Canada.
Participants will leave with the following:
- Review key developments in immigration law and policy that have or will impact students and institutions since November 2018
- Articulate how government and institutional policies interact to impact students on an individual level
- Consider their own role within their respective institutions on approaches to best support students in meeting immigration requirements
- Devise approaches to advising students on areas of ambiguity in current policies and regulations to help students navigate uncertainty
- Discuss ways to empower students in making decisions relating to their immigration status and goals while also prioritizing their well-being
- Draw upon the experience and perspectives of a broad network of immigration practitioners from across Canada
- Benefit from general updates on any changes impacting general areas of practice for RCICs and RISIAs in the past year
Jean Lomas, RCIC, Simon Fraser University
Jean Lomas is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and International Student Advisor, Immigration Specialist at Simon Fraser University. With over a decade of experience in international education, she has long been interested in the impact of big-picture policy on the lives of individual students, and the various ways in which government and institutional policies intersect to “make or break” the international student experience. Jean’s passion for international education began as an international graduate student at University College Cork in Ireland, and since then she has had the privilege to work with students and educators at the college and university level, as well as in the private sector. She has also worked as a consultant, developing immigration-focused resources for international post-secondary students as well as the faculty and staff who support them.
Shanda Williams, RCIC, University of British Colombia
Shanda Williams is an International Student Advisor (ISA) and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Shanda started her journey in Canada as an international student in 2003 and after completing her undergraduate degree, started working as a library supervisor with Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She soon found her passion was more aligned with providing transitional support to international students, creating opportunities for students to share their unique cultures and ensuring that students had appropriate immigration support. After 13 years of studying, working and living in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Shanda moved to UBC in 2017 and joined the International Student Development team supporting over 15,000 international students.
Anna Done Choudhury, Algonquin College
Previously Anna worked at Laurier International for over seven years where she focused on developing retention and success programming for international students. Anna completed an MA in Intercultural and International Communications from Royal Roads University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Immigration at Seneca College. Anna worked as a certified immigration consultant in Toronto for many years before focusing on international education. Anna has been a student in five different countries, including Cuba and as a result, enjoys the challenges of intercultural development as a way to deconstruct that which divides.