Many refugee claimants are stuck in limbo due to pandemic delays. Situations have occurred such as study permits set to expire within a few weeks and claims for refugee status in Canada have been left unanswered for many months.
Many such refugee applicants are in similar situations waiting for a confirmation of review of their appeal from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This decision will allow them to access education, social assistance and healthcare benefits.
What Is the Process of Making a Refugee Claim?
Applicants are required to submit their application to the IRCC. You can apply for refugee status upon arrival at the land, air or sea ports of entry. You can also apply from within Canada. In 2018, around 14% of all successful refugee claims were made from within Canada.