In-Canada claims for refugee protection

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This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

This section details the steps required to process a refugee claim in Canada. This is referred to as the “front-end process”, in which eligibility of the refugee claim is determined and screening of the claimant is initiated.


Intake is the first step in the in-Canada refugee claim process.

There are 4 ways that a claim is considered to be made in Canada. Learn about


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