What is a refugee hearing?
If you have made a refugee claim in Canada, it is 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. This government official is called a “Board Member.” They will decide if Canada will let you stay here as a refugee.
How do I get ready for my hearing?
Your lawyer should help you prepare for your hearing. If you have a Designated Representative, they should also help you. They should:
• explain to you what will happen at your hearing
• tell you what documents and evidence you should try to get to prove your story
• translate any documents you have into English or French and they should send them to the Immigration and Refugee Board before the hearing
• help you practice to tell your story
• tell you the kinds of questions you might be asked at your hearing, so you are prepared to answer them