Canada is a signatory to the Refugee Convention of 1959. To fulfil its international obligations under the Convention, Canada provides safe haven for individuals deemed persecuted on the grounds of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Claims for refugee protection can be made at Ports of Entry (POE) or inside Canada. A claim for protection can also be made outside of Canada at a Canadian Embassy or an UNHCR office.
Depending on whether you claim your protection at a POE or inside Canada, different timelines for submitting your claim and all of the supporting documents will apply. Please contact us to discuss your options of claiming refugee protection.