Refugees and asylum

Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee, find refugee services in Canada, and learn about how the system works.

Services and information

Claim refugee protection (asylum) from inside Canada

Apply from in Canada as a refugee if you fear persecution, or if you’d be in danger if you returned to your home country

Sponsor a refugee

Who can sponsor refugees and all information sponsors will need for the process

Resettle in Canada as a refugee

Who can be referred or sponsored as a refugee, what to do after you’re accepted and what to expect when you get to Canada

Apply through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

Who can immigrate as an eligible skilled refugee or other displaced person, how to apply and what to do after

Find services for refugees in Canada

Access health care, get help to adjust to Canada, get financial help and learn about refugee rights

Appeal a refugee claim

Appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division

Irregular border crossings and asylum in Canada

How the asylum process works and how we keep Canada secure while keeping our humanitarian commitments

About Canada’s refugee system

Learn about programs to help refugees claim protection from in and outside Canada, and how we help refugees and other newcomers settle and integrate

Key figures on asylum claims

Asylum claimants processed by CBSA, IRCC and RCMP

Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan

What we’re doing, programs for Afghans, help for Canadians in Afghanistan and how Canadians can help


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