Refugee Protection & Appeals

Are you a refugee seeking help in Canada?

Canada among other proactive countries offers a safe haven to persons with grounded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group (such as abused women or gays and lesbians, etc.) as well as those at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
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Foreign nationals who face a legitimate fear of persecution in their home country (or country of residence), can seek refugee protection by applying for refugee status within Canada to become a Canadian resident.



A claim for refugee protection may be made in Canada at ports of entry or at inland offices at any time throughout the administrative or admissibility hearing process until a removal order is made. While claims for refugee protection may also be made outside of Canada, at a Canadian Embassy or High Commission, under the Convention refugee abroad class and members of the Humanitarian-protected persons abroad class.


APPEAL – In cases where a Panel Member (for refugee protection applications inside Canada) or an Immigration Officer (for refugee protection outside Canada under the Convention refugee abroad and/or members of the Humanitarian-protected persons abroad classes) refuse an application for protection, the applicant the can make an appeal to the Immigration and Refugee Board ( Immigration Appeal Division). If its further refused, the applicant, who is then notified in writing of the reasons for the refusal may file an Application for Leave and Judicial Review within fifteen (15) days of receiving such decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Refugee Protection Division (RPD), or sixty (60) days of receiving the refusal letter from a Canadian visa post abroad.