Canada refugee board employees who failed an earlier exam to become refugee judges in a revamped asylum system are being given a third chance at the job, the Star has learned.

According to an internal memo obtained by the Star, the Immigration and Refugee Board has just launched a third competition to fill the 105 positions in its refugee protection division before June 29, when the new laws come into effect.

The board already had two previous selections — the first one, in February 2011, open to all federal civil servants and the general public; the second, in November, open only to those currently on the federal payroll. Both processes were open to current refugee board staff.

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