Question: How long do I have to apply for Permanent Residency after the acceptance of my refugee claim? Answer: Under the current legislation a successful refugee claimant is required to apply for permanent residency status within 180 days of the Board’s positive determination. Immigration’s own materials indicate that the 180 day clock begins when the […]
The notion of who does and doesn’t qualify for refugee status is one many countries grapple with. The formal, internationally recognized, definition of a refugee is set out in the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which established the rights of people seeking asylum in a country other than their own and […]
Given the shocking amount of legislative change, both enacted and proposed by the Harper government over the past number of years I remain both puzzled and amazed that the government has not sought to bring some legislative clarity to the area of Citizenship law in Canada. Some background is necessary in order to understand how […]
The costs associated with processing various applications have changed over time so it is always best to check CIC’s he most current fee schedule. Presently a typical PR application would generally cost $550 for the principal applicant. If the applicant was including a spouse there would be an additional cost of $475.00. Any unmarried children […]
I have been asked several times how it can be the case that the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA) which was to be in force in June 2012 can be extended beyond that date. For those of you involved in the refugee field you will recall that the legislation was originally scheduled for implementation in December 2011. […]
Success at the IRB depends on many factors. For example, different countries have radically different success rates. Claimants coming from “refugee producing countries” such as a Afghanistan or Somalia would naturally have much higher rates of success than claimants from countries such as the U.S. or Europeon countries which typically have human rights records similar […]
Upon receiving a positive determination at the Refugee Board, you are generally, with certain limited exceptions, entitled to apply for Permanent Residence. Such applications must be made within 180 days of being notified of your positive decision. Once you obtain your status as a Permanent Resident you must maintain your residence in Canada for 3 of the prior 4 years in order to be eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Claims may be made either at a POE (point of entry) upon arrival in Canada or inland at a designated CIC office. Board Members may draw negative inference where there has been significant delay from the time of the claimant’s arrival in Canada to the time of an inland claim is made.
There are presently no bars against making refugee claims in Canada if you have previously claimed refugee status in the U.S. However, if you claimed in the U.S. and you were sucessful resulting in U.S. status, such status would exclude you from the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.