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UNDERSTANDING

REFUGEE CLAIMS

There are two ways to apply for refugee status in Canada:

Apply at a port of entry

You can apply for refugee status at any port of entry. This means an airport, seaport or land border.

The officer you make your refugee claim to will decide if your claim is eligible to be referred to the IRB. If your claim is eligible you will:

  • be given a document confirming that your claim has been referred to the IRB, and
  • have 15 days to complete all forms in the application package and submit them to the IRB.

Apply at an IRCC office

You can make a refugee claim in Canada at certain Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices. If you choose to apply at an IRCC office, you:

  • must have all forms in the application package completed and with you.
  • will not be scheduled for an interview with an immigration officer until you show in person that you have completed all the forms.

If the officer decides that your refugee claim is eligible, you will be given a date for your IRB hearing.

Apply at an IRCC office

You can make a refugee claim in Canada at certain Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices. If you choose to apply at an IRCC office, you:

  • must have all forms in the application package completed and with you.
  • will not be scheduled for an interview with an immigration officer until you show in person that you have completed all the forms.

If the officer decides that your refugee claim is eligible, you will be given a date for your IRB hearing.

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Contact info

North York

1111 Finch Ave. W., Suite 300 Toronto, ON M3J 2E5

SCARBOROUGH

820 Markham Rd., Unit 3 Scarborough, ON M1H 2Y2