Resuming Refugee Hearings despite Coronavirus Pandemic

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is gradually re-opening its doors to the public. However, when and where depends on your case.

Accepting packages

The following offices currently accept mail packages and have resumed registry functions:

  • Vancouver – 300 West Georgia Street, Suite 1600
  • Toronto – 74 Victoria Street, Suite 400
  • Montreal – Guy-Favreau Complex (200 René-Lévesque Blvd. W)​

Refugee Protection Division: Resumption of in-person hearings

RPD will resume in-person hearings soon.

  • Vancouver – week of July 20, 2020
  • Other locations – week of August 3, 2020

Exchange of documents through Canada Post epost Connect™

RPD now accepts documents via Canada Post epost Connect™. However, you need to register first. You may submit the following documents via this online service:

  • RPD forms
  • Applications
  • Disclosure of documents
  • Written submissions

Do not use this service for general inquiries or other divisions of IRB. Of course, other divisions may also use this service in the future, but this is not an option at the moment.

Immigration Appeal Division

We have no specific date for resuming the in-person hearings for IAD. However, starting from August 5, 2020, the timelines for submitting documents will go back to normal. It is safe to say; this is a good sign of gradual resumption of the hearings.

Make sure to check out the IRB website as well for the latest official announcements.

Canada Immigration News: Further Resources

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    Published: July 6, 2020

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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