Refugee Status in Canada: Immigration Law Services

A refugee is someone who is afraid of persecution in their home country because of their ethnicity, faith, nationality, political beliefs, or social group. If a person can demonstrate a danger to their health, cruel and unusual treatment or punishment, or a risk of persecution in their home country, they can be granted refugee status.

An individual in Canada can submit a refugee claim to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Refugee Protection Division (RPD) (IRB). The IRB/RPD is a government-run tribunal that serves as a court in determining who is eligible for refugee status. The refugee’s risk must be personal and not linked to a general threat in his or her home country. The danger must also be one that the refugee claimant’s home country’s police forces cannot defend them from. At Cariati Law, we help our clients with refugee hearing, refugee appeals, pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA), and private sponsorship of refugees (Group of 5).

Eligibility for Refugee Status in Canada

To be eligible for refugee status in Canada, a claimant must have a fear of prosecution upon returning to their homeland. The fear of prosecution must be one of these five forms: 

  • Race 
  • Religion 
  • Nationality 
  • Membership of a certain social group (sexual orientation, gender, etc.) 
  • Political opinion

At Cartiari Law, our immigration lawyers are committed to helping refugees fleeing their country find solace in Canada.

As a refugee, you will have access to some advantages, including public health care, legal protections, and the right to leave and enter Canada without prior permission. Permanent residents, on the other hand, are given a permanent residency permit, which they can use in conjunction with their current passport to travel outside of Canada.