Refugee Protection Division (RPD)
If a claimant made a claim for refugee protection at a port of entry and their claim was referred to the RPD on or after August 29, 2020, the RPD temporarily extends the time limit for the claimant to provide their BOC form by 30 days from the date on which the BOC form would normally be due. Accordingly, the claimant's BOC form will be due 45 days after the day on which their claim was referred to the RPD.
For inland claims, you will be directed to file your BOC form by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), after you email them to initiate your claim (see “I am inside Canada and I want to claim refugee protection. How do I make my claim? [July 8]” below).
Fax the RPD at 604-666-3043.
Email the RPD at RPDWestern-SPRouest@irb-cisr.gc.ca.
For more about submitting documents to the RPD, see their website.
Refugee Appeal Division
Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) notices of appeal are now due 15 days after receiving written reasons from the RPD. Appeals must be perfected within 45 days from receiving the written reasons from the RPD.
Fax the RAD at 604-666-9870.
Email the RAD at IRB.RAD-W-O-SAR.CISR@irb-cisr.gc.ca.
For more about submitting documents to the RAD, see their website.
Immigration Appeal Division
All Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) deadlines have now returned to normal. The IAD is scheduling all hearings virtually unless it is not appropriate for a specific case.
Fax the IAD at 604-666-3043.
Email the IAD at: IRB.IAD-WO-SAI.CISR@irb-cisr.gc.ca.
For the Immigration Division (ID), detention reviews are being conducted by telephone. For non-detained cases, the ID will contact you or your lawyer to schedule a hearing. If you wish to have your hearing by video, please advise the ID when they contact you.
The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) has resumed hearings. You or your lawyer will be contacted to schedule your hearing. When the RPD contacts you, in most cases you will have the option of having your hearing by video or in person. If you choose to have your hearing by video, there are a number of technical requirements that must be met. The RPD will inform you of these requirements.
If you lose your refugee claim, the time to file your notice of appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division is 15 days. The deadline to perfect your appeal has been extended from 30 to 45 days.
Yes, if you live in Canada, even temporarily, you may be eligible to receive temporary income support from the federal government. To get more information in your own language about who is eligible and how to apply, see the Government of Canada website
IRCC is no longer accepting in-person claims. If you'd like to make a refugee claim, please complete all forms in the application package online.
Then email IRCC.RefugeeClaim-Demandedasile.IRCC@cic.gc.ca and let them know you want to make a claim. You'll receive an automatic reply to confirm they received your message. You'll also receive an email from Canada Post asking you to sign up for Canada Post’s epost Connect service.
Once you've signed up, use epost Connect to send the completed forms to IRCC. If the application is complete IRCC will:
- send you an Acknowledgment of Claim letter,
- give you instructions to complete your immigration medical examination, and
- schedule you for an interview.
More information can be found on IRCC’s website.
Please see the Federal Court of Canada website.
You must continue following your Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reporting conditions, if you have them.
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