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.

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