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  • withdrawn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
Belarus February 20, 2020, and February 19, 2021
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
Hong Kong November 13, 2019 and November 12, 2020
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
Myanmar May 8, 2020, and May 7, 2021
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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