Pre-removal risk assessment – Exemptions to the 12-month wait period

In most cases, you must wait 12 months before you can apply for PRRA after you get a negative decision from:

  • the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) on a refugee claim
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on another PRRA application

This includes if your application was:

  • rejected
  • abandoned
  • withdrawn

You may be eligible for a PRRA before 12 months have passed if the conditions in your country change suddenly.

To qualify, you must:

  • come from an exempt country
  • have received your negative decision on or between the dates shown for each country

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will let you know if you’re eligible to apply for a PRRA before we remove you from Canada.

Exempted countries Exemption applies on or between these dates
Brunei June 14, 2018, and June 13, 2019
Burundi – archived August 13, 2014, and August 12, 2015
Central African Republic December 9, 2016, and December 8, 2017
Central African Republic – archived May 12, 2013, and May 11, 2014
Central African Republic – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Egypt – archived May 12, 2013, and May 11, 2014
Egypt – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Ethiopia July 28, 2015, and July 27, 2016
Guinea-Bissau – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Libya – archived February 20, 2014, and February 19, 2015
Libya – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Mali – archived February 21, 2012, and February 20, 2013
Mali – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Russia July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017
Somalia – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
South Sudan – archived August 27, 2013, and August 26, 2014
Sudan – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Syria – archived August 15, 2011, and August 14, 2012
Turkey February 16, 2016, and February 15, 2017
Venezuela July 8, 2016, and July 7, 2017; August 20, 2018, and August 19, 2019
Yemen – archived June 18, 2014, and June 17, 2015

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