Applying for Refugee Protection from within Canada
This application is for persons in Canada who would like to make a claim for refugee protection.
Read these two instruction guides to help you complete your application and understand the application process:
- Application Guide - Applying for Refugee Protection from within Canada
- Claimant’s Guide, by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)
This application includes:
- Document Checklist [IMM 5745] (PDF, 280.65 KB) May 2017
- Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF, 553.83 KB) June 2018
- Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP] (PDF, 424.19 KB) August 2014
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration [IMM 5669] (PDF, 776.39 KB) December 2012
- Schedule 12 - Additional Information – Refugee Claimants Inside Canada (IMM 0008 - Schedule 12) (PDF, 1.57 MB) February 2018
- Basis of Claim Form (IRB)
- Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (PDF, 648.31 KB) September 2015
How to use this application package
Read the instruction guide to complete your application forms
- Use the new Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]. It can be completed and saved on a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher.
- Completing the form electronically is easier and reduces the risk of errors.
- Press the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the application to make sure you have completed all the fields and to generate 2D barcodes before printing.
- Trouble downloading? Right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’
Complete, validate, and print your application forms
To ensure you submit all the pages:
- Click on the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form.
Note: Validating the form before printing ensures you have answered all the questions and will avoid delays in processing your application.
- A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
- Print, sign and date the form.
- Print on white, bond-quality and non-glossy paper
- Use of a laser printer is recommended
- Place the barcode page on the top of each individual package.
Use the Document Checklist (PDF, 280.65KB) to make sure you include all the other forms and documents you need.
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