Myth: Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?

Myth: Are asylum seekers queue jumpers? Text version below.
Text version: Myth: Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?

Fact:

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.

Asylum system

  • 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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