When does the hearing take place?
The official who interviews the claimant for eligibility sets the dates for two different types of hearing:
- refugee protection hearing date
- special hearing date.
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, and
- up to 60 days from the 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.