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Refugee Claims

Refugee Status

Canada offers refugee protection to some people in Canada who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to leave. Some dangers they may face include

  • torture
  • risk to their life
  • risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment

If you feel you could face one of these risks if you go back to your home country or the country where you normally live, you may be able to seek protection in Canada as a refugee.

Who is this program for?

To make a refugee claim, you

  • must be in Canada
  • can’t be subject to a removal order


If you’re outside Canada, you may be eligible to

  • resettle in Canada as refugee
  • immigrate to Canada through one of the  programs

Safe Third Country Agreement

Canada has an agreement with the U.S. that says people who want to make a refugee claim must do so in the first safe country they arrive in.

This means, you’ll be returned to the U.S. if you

  • enter Canada from the U.S. at a land port of entry, or
  • cross between ports of entry along the land border, including waterways that run along and across it, and make a refugee claim less than 14 days after the day of entry
#DYK – You can be given refugee protection in Canada if you meet the definition of a Convention refugee, or if you are a person in need of protection

Contact us today to assess your eligibility!