International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP)

CBIE’s ISIEP is an online education program addressing advising needs vis-à-vis immigration policy and practice. It is designed for International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. The program will prepare ISAs working at educational institutions across Canada for the entry-to-practice exam to become Regulated International Student Immigration Advisers (RISIAs).

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Meet our Lead Instructors

Rohene Bouajram
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
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Rohene is a passionate proponent of international education and has over a decade of experience in the leadership and delivery of immigration advisory services, international and domestic recruitment, policy evaluation, risk management, program development, intercultural and transition support, crisis intervention and coaching. Her MA thesis in Intercultural and International Communication focused on the post-graduation experiences of international students; thereby allowing her to compliment her professional work with research.

Anna Done Choudhury
Manager of International Student Integration
Algonquin College
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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.

Brianna Huene, RCIC
Human Resources/Talent Management
University of Calgary
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Brianna has been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) since 2015. She has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led to the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers.

Victor Jimenez, EdD, RCIC
Team Lead, International Admissions & Records
SAIT
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Victor’s has 13+ years of experience in the international education and Canadian Immigration fields. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science, an honors MBA with an International Business concentration and a Doctorate of Education – Leadership, from the University of Western Ontario. Victor has worked in the field of immigration law for more than 9 years and is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. He is currently the only RCIC at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and has been providing immigration advice to international students and staff in the last 5 years. Victor also worked at two Canadian Business Immigration Law Firms in Calgary, Alberta. His passions are International Education, intercultural communication, organizational culture and Leadership.

Justin Kerr, RCIC
International Student Immigration Advisor
Brock University
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Justin has worked in international education for over 12 years following studies at Trent University and participation in an exchange through Canada World Youth. During his time in the field, he focused on Canadian immigration issues as they impact students and their families. He served as a co-champion of CBIE’s Student Services Professional Learning Community and was a member of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee from November 2012 to January 2016.

Philipp Reichert, RCIC
Manager of International Programs & Services
UBC’s Okanagan Campus
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Philipp has over a decade of experience studying and working internationally in numerous capacities. Before joining UBC, Philipp was employed at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) with their International and Executive MBA programmes, and worked prior to that at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands. In 2016, he was recognized for his contributions to international education in Canada with the <a href=”https://cbie.ca/canadian-bureau-international-education-cbie-announces-winners-2016-excellence-awards/”>CBIE North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education</a>.  He is a Nuffic Huygens scholar and received his Master’s degree with honours in International Relations from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Philipp has also attended educational institutions in Canada, USA, and Germany. Currently he is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, with his research focusing on the internationalization of higher education and the nexus of government policy, institutional programming, and international student career transitions.

Marisa Norona
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor
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Marisa Norona has over 10 years of experience working in International Education in Post-Secondary Education. She has worked extensively with student exchange programs and International student advising where she has supported students in gaining international experience and competencies both in Canada and abroad, guided students through cultural transitions in their adjustment to Canada, prepared students for safety and experiential learning abroad and enhanced international students’ immigration literacy through comprehensive immigration advising and programing.
Marisa graduated with a MA in French Linguistics from the University of British Columbia where she was heavily involved in welcoming and supporting international students during her 6 years as a student. She carved her own pathway to a career in International Education through a variety of cultural immersion experiences around the world. Highlights of international experience include participating on an exchange at Université Laval in Quebec City, teaching English in Slovakia and Japan, and completing an internship in the Cultural Affairs division at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Marisa successfully completed the ISIEP program in December of 2017. Her passion to work with, submerse in and understand diverse cultures as well as share her own is evident in the relationships and trust she builds with students and the daily work she does to contribute to their personal well-being, adaptation and student success.

Erin Wordie, RISIA
International Student Immigration Advisor
SAIT
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Erin has a Bachelor of International Relations from the University of Calgary and participated in a study abroad opportunity to Ghana, which sparked her interest in international education. She has worked in the field for five years in various roles supporting international students as well as agents and pathway partners. Currently, she is the International Student Immigration Advisor for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and provides immigration advice and assistance to international students and their families. Erin became a RISIA in 2017 after completing the ISIEP program.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for the ISIEP?

  • Registration will open two months before the start of an offering. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

Am I eligible to take the ISIEP?

  • Applicants to the ISIEP must be employed at a designated learning institution (DLI) who are taking this professional development program to upgrade their skills in immigration advising in their current institutional role.

Am I eligible to write the RISIA entry-to-practice exam and become a certified RISIA?

  • The RISIA designation is designed for in-service International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. If you are unsure whether your current employment makes you eligible, you may email us at isiep-peiei@cbie.ca. Successful completion of the ISIEP is a prerequisite for ISAs/working professionals who wish to take ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam to become RISIAs. Please note that ISAs/working professionals who meet certain criteria set out by ICCRC may be able to challenge the entry-to-practice exam without completing the ISIEP. For more information on who is eligible to challenge ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam and obtain the RISIA designation, please visit the ICCRC website.

How is the ISIEP structured?

The ISIEP comprises:

  • Module-based learning over a span of 12 weeks
  • About 140 hours of instructional time
  • Online recorded lectures, discussion boards, assignments, quizzes and exams
  • The program is based exclusively on reference materials that will be made available online, and is available in English and French (the French course is delivered one time a year).
  • Students can expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week on the ISIEP.

How much does the ISIEP cost?

  • The program fee for the ISIEP is $2,800 for members and $2,950 for non-members. The program fee includes all course materials.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Can RISIAs contact the immigrationrepresentatives@cic.gc.ca account for inquiries?

  • Yes.  IRCC has confirmed that both RCICs and RISIAs have the option of contacting this email account.