The steps in the appeal process when the claimant is appealing
If the claimant is appealing, they must do the following:
- Complete the notice of appeal.
- File three copies with the Refugee Appeal Division no later than 15 days after receiving written reasons for the decision of the Refugee Protection Division.
- Prepare the ‘appellant’s record’. The appellant’s record consists of all the forms and documents required by the Refugee Appeal Division, as well as documents the appellant is submitting. The record and all the documents must comply with the rules of the Refugee Appeal Division.
- File two copies of the appellant’s record with the Refugee Appeal Division no later than 30 days after receiving written reasons for the decision of the Refugee Protection Division.
- Provide one copy, “without delay,” to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
If the Minister intervenes in an appeal, the appellant has the right to comment on the Minister’s arguments. This is called a ‘reply record’. There are rules about what can be included and time limits for filing.