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Information on How COVID-19 is Impacting Refugee Claims in Canada

Updated: June 2020

Below, we have included information on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting refugee claims in Canada. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.Individuals in the U.S. with the intention of applying for a refugee claim in Canada will be turned back to the U.S. when they reach the Canadian border.Refugee Claimant appointments are cancelled until further notice. IRCC offices will not accept refugee claims, interview refugee claimants or process refugee protection claimant document (RPCD) renewals in person.

You can still make a refugee claim if you’re already inside Canada.If the individual has completed all the refugee claim forms, place the forms and documents in an envelope and deposit them in the on-site drop-off box or to an official.

If an individual would like to make a refugee claim but has not completed the refugee claim forms, they may email: IRCC.RefugeeClaim-Demandedasile.IRCC@cic.gc.ca. The individual will be contacted by email regarding next steps.All in person hearings including refugee hearings and refugee appeal hearings and mediations, other than detention reviews, are postponed. The postponed hearings and mediations ​will be rescheduled once IRB resumes its operations.The IRB is allowing extension of time for filing a notice of appeal and perfecting an appeal in refugee appeal cases. If the deadline falls on or after January 1, 2020, the date is extended to 30 days after the date of the Resumption Notice which will be posted on the IRB website. This extension does not apply to appeals that were dismissed before March 15, 2020.For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s website here.Looking for verified LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly services in Canada? Visit our free resource website or mobile app.

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