Deadlines for filing documents
If possible, claimants should file all documents at the same time they file their Basis of Claim Form. If a claimant gets additional documents after filing the Basis of Claim Form, they must file them at least 10 days before the hearing date. The claimant should provide two copies to the Refugee Protection Division in person or by mail. Documents can be faxed if there are no more than 20 pages in total.
In some cases, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will take part in the hearing. If the claimant has been given a notice IRCC or CBSA is opposing the claim, they must:
- File copies of their documents with IRCC or CBSA before they file them with the RPD.
- Include a written statement saying how and when they filed copies with IRCC or CBSA and add it to the documents they file with the RPD.
IRCC or CBSA may also file documents. The claimant has the right to respond to these documents, as well as to any documents that the IRB provides. The deadline for filing a document in response is 5 days before the hearing. If IRCC or CBSA is taking part in the hearing, it is especially important to get legal help.