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Resources For Refugee Children

Refugee Claim Process

Applying to be a Permanent Resident

If you get a positive decision on your refugee claim, you will be eligible to apply to be a Permanent Resident. Most importantly, you need to be a Permanent Resident before you can apply to be a Canadian citizen.

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Completing the Basis of Claim Form

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.

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Know Your Rights: Access to Legal Aid

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.

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Making a Refugee Claim

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.

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Preparing for the Refugee Hearing

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.

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Reunifying with Family

You might have family members outside of Canada, such as parents or siblings, who you are hoping can join you in Canada. We understand that being with family is very important!

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