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Within Canada

Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on offering international protection for people fleeing persecution in their home country.  Canada also offers protection to persons who are unable to return to their home country due to a risk to life or serious harm.

There are 2 distinct processes for Refugee Processing for persons inside Canada or at our border. .

Inside Canada - a person wishing to claim will do so at an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Office inside Canada.  Once the claim is initiated, an Immigration officer will determine if the claimant is eligible. If the person is found to be eligible they will be referred to a Hearing before the Refugee Board.

Border claims - a person wishing to claim at the border will have to make sure that they qualify to do so.  Because of the Safe Third Country Agreement, only adults with an anchoring first degree relative will be allowed to claim refugee status at the border.  They will be filling some of the forms out at their appointment and their Basis of Claim form will be submitted later.

We have over 50 years of experience in representing clients from over 70 countries.  We have an excellent reputation at the Board, and are certified as Immigration Specialists by The Law Society of Upper Canada.  Our success is as a result of thorough preparation for each case.


Robert W. Young Certified Immigration Specialist Robert W. Young offers a full range of Canadian immigration law services extending from company transfers to Immigration hearings.


Howard P. Eisenberg Certified Immigration Specialist Howard P. Eisenberg has specialized in Immigration Law since 1989.


Recent News

Immigration Law in Canada is constantly changing. Stay up to date with the most recent news pertaining to Citizenship and Immigration Canada laws and regulations.

Sep 13, 2019
Update on In-Canada Refugee Processing

  From time to time the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board publishes statistics on the progress of claims through i...

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Aug 9, 2019
We Are Growing!

We are pleased to announce that Daniela Dobrota has joined Eisenberg & Young LLP as an associate lawyer. Daniela received a Bachelor of Law and a ...

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Jul 4, 2019
Reduced Eligibility to Make Refugee Claims and the End of the Caregiver Program

  Back in March, 2019 we reported on changes to what used to be called the "Live-In Caregiver Program". On June 18, 2019 these programs essential...

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