The Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide is for refugee claimants and their service providers. It educates, guides, and supports refugee claimants who are preparing for their refugee hearings. It informs and empowers service providers in their understanding of the refugee hearing preparation process. And, refugee claimants and service providers learn about essential legal issues pertaining to refugee protection.

Use it to:

  • Understand key refugee legal definitions and issues
  • Track individual refugee claims on the right timeline
  • Learn strategies to prepare for the refugee hearing
  • Complete a hearing preparation checklist
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions
  • Find legal and community resources in Metro Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Greater Toronto Area, and Montreal.
  • Clarify the roles of the refugee hearing participants

Important! The Preparation Guide does not replace good legal advice. Contact a lawyer to help you with your refugee claim.

Available Regions & Languages:

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada – Refugee Protection Division (IRB-RPD) holds refugee hearings in six locations across Canada. The Preparation Guide is uniquely adapted to each location, and available in the following languages:

  • Montreal – English, French, Spanish, Sorani Kurdish
  • Toronto – English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Sorani Kurdish
  • Winnipeg – English, French, Spanish, Somali
  • Calgary – English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Mongolian
  • Edmonton – English, French, Spanish, Somali, Tigrigna
  • Vancouver – English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Sorani Kurdish


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