Seeking Refugee Status in Canada

Asylum claims are now heard faster, on December  15, 2012 the system was changed. Those who claim Refugee status will have their claim heard faster, as well as sent back home faster if It’s been denied.

Getting a Canadian Refugee Visa

Canada offers protection to selected individuals who fear they may be prosecuted or would be in danger if they left Canada. There are several different dangers that will be considered;

  • Being tortured
  • Risk to your life
  • If you face unusual treatment, or punishment.

If you feel that you are facing any one of these things you may be able to seek protection In Canada.

Applying for Refugee Status

There are different things to consider when applying for refugee status

  1. Your eligibility
  2. Safe Third Country Agreement (Canada and the U.S have an agreement which by if you are to apply for refugee status you must apply to the first safe country you arrive in. If you arrive in the U.S first you are not able to apply for this status in Canada)
  3. If you are a person in need of Protection and are facing any of the dangers listed above.

If the IRB accepts your claim you will become a “protected person”. This means that you are now allowed to remain in Canada and you will be able to apply for Permanent Residence.

What to Do If Your Status Is Rejected

If your claim is rejected you must leave Canada. If the law permits you to do so you are able to request that the decision be reviewed. There are also other option available to you.

How Niren & Associates Can Help

Here at Niren and Associates we take pride in assisting people when they are in need. If you are looking to claim Refugee status please do not hesitate to give us a call. One of our Immigration Intake Specialists will be more than happy to assist you with booking a consultation!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • maqsood khan

    Can a man outside from Canada apply for asylum visa???????

    • Hello Maqsood,

      Thank you for your recent post.

      People who can be resettled from outside Canada fall into two classes.

      1) Convention Refugee Abroad Class

      You may be in this class if you:

      . are outside your home country; and
      . cannot return there due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on:
      political opinion,
      nationality, or
      membership in a particular social group, such as women or people with a particular sexual orientation.

      You must also be:

      . outside Canada, and want to come to Canada,
      . referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or another referral organization, or be sponsored by a private sponsorship group, and
      . selected as a government-assisted or privately sponsored refugee, or have the funds needed to support yourself and any dependants after you arrive in Canada.

      2) Country of Asylum Class

      You may be in this class if you:

      . are outside your home country or the country where you normally live and have been, and continue to be, seriously and personally affected by civil war or armed conflict, or have suffered massive violations of human rights.

      You must also be:

      . outside Canada,
      . referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or another referral organization or be sponsored by a private sponsorship group, and
      . privately sponsored, or have the funds needed to support yourself and any dependants after you arrive in Canada.

      You will have to pass a medical exam and security and criminal checks.

      I trust the above meets with your satisfaction.

      Yours Truly,


  • fahad

    i am fahad and m not not now in canada am belong to pakistan how can i apply refugee visa

  • Saif

    Can I apply asylum outside Canada?

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