Refugee Hearings

If you are a Refugee Claimant in Canada, and your case was referred to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration Refugee Board (IRB), then the RPD will schedule a hearing. The hearing itself is “Inquisitorial”, meaning the presiding member is the only one that will ask questions. However, in some cases where the “Minister” (someone from the Government) intervenes it can become “Adversarial” & “Inquisitorial”. Adversarial means that there are 2 parties, and both parties can present evidence.

Your evidence can include:

  • Your Basis of Claim (BOC) form
  • Oral Testimony at your Hearing
  • Any other evidence, such as documents that prove your identity and the risk you face in your country
  • Witnesses who can testify at your Refugee Hearing

The Board compares your evidence to the evidence in your Immigration File. For example, you might have a previous application for a study permit or visitor’s visa, or a previous refugee claim or an immigration application in another country.

These hearing are both extremely important and complex. Our Licensed Paralegals and Immigration Consultants have extensive experience in arguing and preparing claimants to face this important step to gaining asylum in Canada.

You and your family do not have to do this alone. Contact us today to see how we can help.

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