Clarification Regarding New Country Designations under the IRB’s Expedited Policy

Recently, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) announced that refugee claims from four countries, including Egypt, can be processed under its expedited policy. Incorrect information has been shared from unofficial sources about what this means for people seeking protection in Canada. The IRB would like to clarify this information.

The IRB only decides refugee claims that are made in Canada. If you are outside Canada, the IRB does not decide your claim. Please see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for more information on refugee protection outside Canada.

If you made your claim for refugee protection in Canada and you are from an eligible country (Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen), it is possible that your claim can be decided through the expedited process. This means that a decision-maker at the IRB will decide if your claim can be accepted without a hearing, or if you need to have a hearing. Not all claims will be expedited, even if they are from an eligible country. We will contact you when we are ready to make a decision on your claim or schedule a hearing.

It is important to note that all refugee claimants in Canada must go through security screening. This includes claimants who are eligible for the expedited process. Security screening is conducted by the Canada Border Services Agency in partnership with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.