Myth: Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?
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Asylum seekers are asking for protection under international and Canadian laws. They are a separate category and are neither ahead nor behind applicants for immigration, permanent residence or citizenship.
The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada is responsible for:
- Asylum claims made at Canada-U.S. land border ports of entry
- Asylum claims made at IRCC or CBSA inland office
- Individuals who irregularly enter Canada between established ports of entry
Decisions on applications are made by independent IRB adjudicators:
- Accepted asylum claimants get protected person status and can apply to become permanent residents.
- Those who do not meet the refugee definition are asked to leave or will be deported.
Other immigration categories
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is responsible for:
- Family class
- Economic immigrants
- Refugees resettled from overseas
Decisions on applications are made by trained IRCC officers overseas and in Canada.
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