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When does the hearing take place?

The official who interviews the claimant for eligibility sets the dates for two different types of hearing:

The refugee protection hearing date is set for at least 20 days from the date when the official referred the claim to the Refugee Protection Division. It will be close to the end of one of the following time limits:

 

For refugee claims made at a port of entry to Canada (airport or border):
Claimants who are from a designated country of origin up to 45 days from date of referral
Claimants who are not from a designated country of origin up to 60 days from date of referral
For refugee claims made inland (at a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC) office after entering Canada):
Claimants who are from a designated country of origin up to 30 days from date of referral
Claimants who are not from a designated country of origin up to 60 days from date of referral

 

 

The claimant can tell the official which location they prefer for the hearing, and the official should take this into consideration. If the claimant already has a lawyer, they should be prepared to suggest dates when the lawyer can attend. The official will consider only the dates that fall within the time limit.

 



Last updated: Mar 1, 2016

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