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.