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The Refugee Claim Process

The Refugee Claim Process

Flow chart showing the key stages of a claim.

Your Refugee Hearing

Your Refugee Hearing

Take an online tour of a refugee hearing room in Toronto and find information to help you prepare for a hearing.

Ready Tour

Ready Tour is a free program that helps you prepare for your refugee hearing or an appeal at the Refugee Appeal Division. Register now.

Can a refugee claimant make an H&C application?

Only if they withdraw their refugee claim before evidence is presented at their refugee protection hearing.

A refugee claimant can withdraw their claim by:

  • writing to the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, or
  • saying they withdraw their claim at the beginning of their hearing.

See Can a refugee claimant who was not accepted make an H&C application? for the rules that apply to claimants who have not been accepted.

Last updated: Aug 9, 2014


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