Claim refugee status from inside Canada: After you apply

After your hearing

After your refugee hearing, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) approves or rejects your refugee claim.

If the IRB accepts your claim, you get “protected person” status. This means you can stay in Canada, and you can apply to become a permanent resident of Canada.

If the IRB rejects your claim, you’ll have to leave Canada. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to appeal the IRB’s decision. You may also have other options.

Get a work permit while waiting for a decision

If you already submitted your refugee claim, but didn’t apply for a permit at the same time, you can submit a work permit application separately.

With your application, you need to include a copy of your refugee protection claimant document and proof that:

  • you did your immigration medical examination
  • you need a job to pay for your basic needs (food, clothing, shelter)
  • the family members you’re requesting permits for are with you in Canada

There are no fees for these permits when you’re waiting for a decision on your refugee claim.

To avoid delays, make sure we always have your current address. If needed, you can change your address online.

Get a study permit while waiting for a decision

If you already submitted your refugee claim, but didn’t apply for a permit at the same time, you can also apply for a study permit so you can go to school while you’re waiting for a decision on your claim. You’ll need to provide a letter of acceptance from the school.

Minor children don’t need a study permit to go to kindergarten, elementary or secondary school.

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