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Timelines for your refugee claim

The timeline for your claim depends on where you started your claim and what country you are from. If you are making a claim when you arrive at a Canadian land border, airport or a seaport, you will not have much time to complete your Basis of Claim (BOC) form and immigration forms. The timeline for starting a claim is very different if you are making a claim from inside Canada.

To help you learn what the timelines are, choose the situation that best describes how you are starting your refugee claim.

I am making a claim when I arrive at a Canadian border, airport or a seaport (Port of Entry (POE) claim).

I am already in Canada and will be making a claim from within the country (Inland claim).

Refugee: