There are 2 ways to apply for refugee status in Canada:

Apply at a port of entry

    You can apply for refugee status at any port of entry.

    This means an airport, seaport or land border.

The officer you make your refugee claim to decides if your claim is eligible to be referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

If your claim is eligible, you

    Are given a document confirming that your claim has been referred to the IRB

    Have 15 days to complete all the forms in the application package and submit them to the IRB

Apply at an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office

You can make a refugee claim in Canada at certain Immigration,

Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices.

If you choose to apply at an IRCC office, you

    Must have all the forms in the application package completed and with you

    Will not be scheduled for an interview with an immigration officer until you show in person that you have completed all the forms

    If the officer decides that your refugee claim is eligible, you are given a date for your IRB hearing.

If you’re eligible to make a refugee claim, you have to go to a hearing at the IRB.

The officer gives you a Confirmation of Referral. It confirms that your claim is being referred to the IRB. At a later date, the IRB will send you a NoticetoAppear for a hearing. This notice tells you

    Where to go for the hearing

    The time you must show up

    Your hearing’s start time

You must bring all your identity documents to your hearing, including your


    Driving licence

    Any other documents that may prove your identity or support your refugee claim

LR Immigration will provide

    Guidance to apply

    Prepare claimants for hearing

    Appeal for rejection cases at IRB