For asylum seekers: What you need to know

Safe Third Country Agreement remains in effect

The STCA continues to be in effect. Individuals entering Canada at a land port of entry continue to be ineligible to make a refugee claim, and will be returned to the U.S. unless they meet one of the relevant exceptions under the STCA.

Seeking asylum is not a shortcut to get around normal immigration rules and procedures. There must be legitimate reasons why asylum is necessary or it won’t be granted.

Canada respects its international obligations toward those who genuinely need help and protection. However, we must also make sure that all laws are followed to protect the safety, security and health of Canadians.

Asylum claimants face a rigorous process to determine whether or not they have a legitimate claim according to Canadian and international laws. Our rules-based system will determine the validity of your claim.

You’ll be removed from Canada if you don’t have a legitimate claim.

Find out more about the asylum process.

Other ways to come to Canada

There are many immigration options for those interested in coming to Canada. Learn more about Canada’s immigration programs:

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