Request to submit your refugee claim on paper from inside Canada

Most people have to submit their refugee claim online if they’re already inside Canada. However, some people may not be able to for certain accessibility reasons.

Before you contact us about applying on paper

If you’re having problems with applying online

If you can’t access the Internet from home or work, or you don’t have a printer

How to submit your refugee claim on paper

Step 1: Send us an email

Send an email to, explaining why you can’t submit an application online. This could be because you

We’ll only reply to emails about requests to apply on paper from claimants who are already in Canada. We’ll reply to emails within 2 business days.

Step 2: We review your email request

We’ll review your request and determine if you’re eligible to apply on paper. If you are, we’ll send you an email with

Step 3: Complete your forms

You must complete the forms we send you before we’ll schedule you for an in-person appointment. We’ll send you the details for this appointment.

Step 4: Go to your appointment

Make sure you bring your original passport or any other identification documents you have to your appointment. At your appointment, we’ll

If we don’t conduct your interview during this appointment, we’ll schedule you for one and give you the details. It’s mandatory to go to your interview.

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