What happens at a special hearing?
The Refugee Protection Division can decide that a claimant’s refugee protection claim has been ‘abandoned’. This would mean that the claimant loses the right to make their refugee claim.
Here are some examples of when this might happen:
- The claimant failed to appear for a refugee protection hearing or an earlier special hearing.
- The claimant filed a Basis of Claim Form that was not fully completed or signed.
- The claimant failed to provide contact information or did not respond to communication from the Refugee Protection Division.