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 to our own. In addition, other variables such as the Board Member hearing the case can have a dramatic impact on the success rate. Finally, a claimant’s representative can have a dramatic impact on the claim. An experienced lawyer, familiar with the Board can prepare a claimant for the hearing and ensure the claimant arrives fully prepared without fear of last minute surprises.