Immigration case managers are administrative professionals who focus on helping newcomers through the complicated process of settling in Canada.
They conduct research, prepare submissions, communicate with immigration authorities, and perform a host of other tasks that keep clients’ applications moving forward.
Their work allows the other members of the team (licensed immigration consultants and lawyers) to focus on interpreting the law and developing a customized strategy for each client.
Think a career as an immigration case manager might be right for you? Curious about how much you can earn in this job?
In this post, we dig into the data on immigration case manager salaries and explain how you can get started in this career.
Here’s what you need to know.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU MAKE AS AN IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGER IN CANADA?
It’s tough to get an accurate estimate of immigration case manager salaries.
According to data from Glassdoor, immigration case managers in Canada make anywhere from $41,000 to $93,000.
The average salary is around $62,000.
We also surveyed actual job postings for immigration case managers across Canada to see what sort of salaries they came with.
Most of the postings we found offered between $40,000 and $60,000.
We also looked at postings for related job titles like immigration legal assistant and immigration administrative assistant.
Our research found that salaries for those roles ranged from about $30,000 to $50,000.
The bottom line: Salaries for immigration case managers in Canada are typically in the $40,000 to $60,000 range.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGER?
So what specifically does an immigration case manager do?
We got an insider’s perspective from Bonnie Tyler, an immigration case manager in Toronto.
"My responsibilities include corresponding with clients over video link, phone, and email, requesting documents, ordering translations, conducting research for submission letters, and putting applications together under the supervision of the managing partner (who is a licensed immigration consultant).
Those applications can be sponsorships, economic permanent residencies, work permits, study permits, or visitor visas.
I also take care of all the billing and invoicing and oversee all aspects of running the company.
I am constantly striving to find better ways to make sure our clients get everything they need.”
WHAT’S THE CAREER OUTLOOK FOR IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGERS?
Immigration levels are on the rise in Canada, which should boost demand for case managers.
The latest data from the federal government shows that the country plans to admit more than 400,000 new permanent residents annually between 2021 and 2023.
Canada hasn’t seen that many newcomers in a single year since 1913.
Herzing instructor Cassandra Fultz is a licensed immigration consultant and managing partner of a Toronto-based firm. She says the industry just keeps getting bigger.
“There are more immigration consultants and lawyers than ever before. And as their practices grow, they need the support of knowledgeable immigration case managers to help manage the case load.
Not only is there a need for case managers in the offices of immigration lawyers and immigration consultants, but also at not-for-profits, settlement agencies, and any company with a Global Mobility Specialist or in-house immigration counsel.”
HOW DO YOU BECOME AN IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGER?
There’s no need to get a university degree or pass a licensing exam (both of which are required for immigration consultants and lawyers).
For immigration case managers, a diploma is enough to get started.
Immigration assistant training at the college level can be completed in less than a year.
A good program will teach you about Canadian immigration laws, requirements for permanent residence and Canadian citizenship, and professional ethics.
On a practical level, you will learn how to:
☑️ Perform legal research
☑️ Complete immigration forms and compose submission letters
☑️ Put together applications for refugees, family sponsorships, federal skilled workers, and other classifications
☑️ Interpret refusal letters☑️ Manage client files and handle billing
Cassandra says the training produces graduates employers want to hire.
“By the end of the Immigration Case Manager program, graduates have relevant legal knowledge and a wealth of applicable skills. They are prepared to hit the ground running in any professional immigration environment.
This makes them highly employable and sought after in the industry.”
WANT TO BECOME AN IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGER?
Ready to learn more about immigration case manager training and careers?
Explore the Immigration Case Manager program at Herzing College Toronto.
This unique diploma program takes only 9 months to complete. It includes a 5-week internship at an immigration consulting business or law firm.
Students get a thorough grounding in immigration regulations, legal office procedures, professional communications, and more.
Still have questions? An Admissions Advisor can walk you through all aspects of the Immigration Case Manager program and help you determine if the training is right for you.
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