Gathering Evidence

It is important to gather evidence that supports your claim. This means collecting as many documents as you can that show you are telling the truth about what happened to you in your country.

  • evidence specific to your claim including why you are personally at risk
  • evidence of human rights conditions in your country

For detailed information and help gathering evidence, read Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide pages 16 – 27.

Getting a Hearing Date

If you are eligible to make a refugee claim, you will have to go to a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The officer will give you a Confirmation of Referral. It confirms that your claim is being referred to the (IRB). At a later date, the IRB will send you a Notice to Appear for a Hearing by mail when your claim is ready to be heard.

You must submit all documents, including any evidence you wish to accompany the Basis of Claim Form (BOC), at least 10 days before the date of the hearing. IRB will study the BOC and any other documents you provide to show you need protection in Canada.

READY tour

READY tour is a free program to help you to clarify many questions you have about your refugee hearing. READY Tours offer refugee claimants an opportunity to enter a refugee hearing room and learn about the refugee hearing process and refugee determination concepts.

When you have a date for your hearing, see your settlement worker to arrange a READY tour.

To register, or for more information, email READY@kinbrace.ca or call 604-328-3132.