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Clarification Regarding New Country Designations under the IRB’s Expedited PolicyRecently, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) announced that refugee claims from four countries, including Egypt, can be processed under its expedited policy.
Notice on Formation of a Legacy Task ForceThe Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is announcing the formation of the Legacy Task Force which will provide dedicated support to the elimination of its backlog of legacy claims.
IRB Meets with Key Stakeholders to Find Strategic Way ForwardThe IRB recently held a consultation meeting with key stakeholders to find a strategic and collaborative way to implement several measures to address the significant backlog and growing intake of refugee claims at the RPD.

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Expedited Policy – Designation of New CountryThe Refugee Protection Division has designated refugee claims from Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, and Yemen as eligible for expedited processing.
RAD Form ProjectThe Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) of the IRB has begun using outgoing correspondence templates (forms) with a new look and feel for all RAD correspondence.
The IRB Moves Forward on Case-Related Information Management and TrackingThe IRB is in the process of implementing a vision and strategy called the NOVA Continuous Improvement Program (NCIP) to ensure a secure, reliable, and efficient case-management tool for all four tribunals.
Refugee Protection Division Member Recruitment CampaignThe RPD has a need to staff multiple RPD member positions (current and anticipated vacancies) at our Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver offices.
New Medical Certificate Form for Refugee Claimants before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD)The Medical Certificate form is available for use by claimants before the RPD who were unable or will be unable, for medical reasons, to attend a hearing or submit a BOC form on time.
Notice on RPD Scheduling and Short Hearing ProcessAs a result of rapidly increasing refugee claims, global instability and a backlog of new refugee claims, the IRB will be changing its approach for scheduling RPD hearings beginning at the end of March 2017.

Notices - Update of National Documentation Packages

National Documentation Package Update - 28 April 201728 April 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Guatemala, Philippines, Portugal...
Amendments to the National Documentation Packages - 31 March 201731 March 2017 - The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (2.1) in the National Documentation Packages (NDP) for the following countries have been updated:​ Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria...
National Documentation Package Update - 31 March 201731 March 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Burundi, Czech Republic, Israel, Nepal, Peru, Slovenia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, United States, and Thailand.
National Documentation Package Update - 28 February 201728 February 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Benin, Ecuador, Iraq, Jamaica, Malaysia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam and Zambia
National Documentation Package Update - 31 January 201731 January 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Argentina, Armenia, Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone …
National Documentation Package Update - 22 December 201622 December 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Angola, Bermuda, Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay and Yemen.
National Documentation Package Update - 30 November 201630 November 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and United Kingdom.
National Documentation Package Update - 31 October 201631 October 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Bangladesh, China, France, Guinea, Iraq, Kuwait, Lithuania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Poland, Romania, Tanzania and Togo.
Issue Papers on El Salvador - September 2016IRB, in conjunction with its partners, conducted an information-gathering mission to El Salvador. El Salvador: Information Gathering Mission Report - Part 1 El Salvador: Information Gathering Mission Report - Part 2
National Documentation Package Update - 30 September 201630 September 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Albania, Chad, El Salvador, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Niger, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Syria, Tanzania...

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