Sometimes the board member will tell you at the hearing if they accept or reject your refugee claim. Sometimes they tell you that they will need more time and that the decision will be sent to you in the mail.
If you have made a refugee claim in Canada, it is very likely that you will have a refugee “hearing.” A hearing is a formal meeting where an official of the Immigration and Refugee Board will listen to your story and look at your documents.
If you are a minor (under 18 years of age) and you are not here with a parent or guardian, you might have a “Designated Representative” to help you with your refugee case.
If you are a refugee claimant, you will need to fill out a Basis of Claim form. The Basis of Claim (BOC) is a very important form. This is where you give more information about yourself and the reasons that you are asking Canada to protect you.
An eligibility interview is something that you need to have after you make a refugee claim. It is a meeting with Canada Border Services Agency where they will make sure that you are allowed, also known as “eligible,” to make a refugee claim according to the rules of Canadian law.
If you are living in Ontario and you do not make very much money, you can get a free lawyer to help you with your refugee claim and some other immigration applications. The government of Ontario will pay the lawyer.
If you are afraid to return to your home country, you could think about applying to be a refugee in Canada. This is also called “making a refugee claim.” This means that you will ask Canada to protect you by letting you stay here.
How do I meet people in my community who speak the same language as me or are from the same cultural group? Many bigger cities in Ontario have organizations for different cultural groups.