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I am making a claim from inside Canada and I am not from a designated country of origin

Day 1: Your forms and eligibility interview

If you start a claim from inside Canada, you have to visit a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office. They will give you a list of forms to complete: You need to find legal help, get started on your Basis of Claim and CIC forms, and translate your travel and identity documents.

Once you are ready, return to the CIC Office with your completed forms and translated identity and travel documents. You will not have a deadline.

If your forms are properly completed, the CIC will set up an eligibility interview. This interview might happen on the same day you submit your forms, or you might be given an appointment.

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Day 1 to 50: Your documents

Your personal documents will be due 10 days before your hearing. Your identity and travel documents are due earlier. Begin collecting your documents as soon as you start your claim.

Day 60: Your refugee hearing

You will only have 60 days to prepare for your refugee hearing, from the date your claim is sent to the IRB. The exact date of your hearing is on your “Notice to Appear.”

Day 60+: Appeals

If your claim is denied, you will only have 15 days to appeal the decision, if you are eligible to appeal. There are two steps:
  • Apply for an appeal: 15 days after you receive your decision
  • Final arguments and documents due (“Perfection”): 30 days after you receive your decision