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How to apply?

If you are fleeing your country because you fear persecution or risk to your life, you can apply for asylum in Canada. You will receive refugee status and the right to stay if granted asylum. To apply for asylum, you must be physically present in Canada or seek entry into the country at a port of entry (airport, land border or seaport).  

On this website, you will find resources to help you understand the Canadian asylum system – from making a refugee claim to what happens once you've claimed asylum.  

How long does a refugee claim take in Canada?

In general, IRB hearings occur in the province where the individual made their refugee claim. That province provides the services listed above to the refugee claimant. Should the claimant decide to move provinces while they are waiting to have their claim heard by the IRB (for example, they claim refugee status in Quebec and then move to Ontario), they would need to inform the IRB, IRCC and the CBSA of this move, and provide their new address. In addition, the refugee claimant would need to inform the province they are leaving of the move and apply for services in their new province. A decision is generally finalized within approximately four months of hearing the cases.

Except for health services funded by the Government of Canada (Interim Federal Health Program), all these supports are the responsibility of provinces and territories. Municipalities or non-profit organizations also provide some support.

Who is eligible to claim refugees in Canada?

Individuals can make a refugee claim in Canada at a port of express entry upon arrival or online if already in Canada. Reach out to your Refugee Claims Lawyer in Toronto. CBSA or IRCC officials will determine if an individual can be referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board for a hearing. Factors determining an individual's eligibility to make a refugee claim include whether the claimant has committed a serious crime, made a previous claim in Canada or received protection in another country. A Refugee claims lawyer can help you identify whether you are eligible.

Refugee claimants are different from resettled refugees. Asylum seekers claim refugee in Canada at a port of entry or online. These claims are partly governed by International treaties Canada has promised to uphold. Resettled refugees, on the other hand, are screened abroad and undergo security and health screenings (e.g. immigration medical exam) before being issued a visa to come to Canada. When they arrive in Canada, they are permanent residents. As refugee claimants and resettled refugees come to Canada through different immigration streams, those crossing the border irregularly and claiming asylum in Canada are not queued jumpers and are not taking the place of refugees coming to Canada from abroad for resettlement.

All refugee claimants undergo health and security screening, including biographic and biometric checks, as well as the initiation of security and criminality checks.

What percentage of refugee claims are rejected in Canada?

29% of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. The most successful have been the applications of refugees from Yemen and Azerbaijan. In the second table below, you can find the refugees who fled from Canada and made their asylum applications to other countries.


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