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New Way to Submit Documents in the Eastern RegionEffective October 19, 2017, the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) Eastern Regional Office will offer a locked document deposit box as a new secure and convenient way for clients and counsel to submit documents to the IRB.
IRB launches pilot survey in TorontoIRB encouraging counsel to complete a post-hearing survey in support of the Board’s commitment to the fairness and efficiency of its proceedings
Pilot Project Regarding the Presence of Children in Refugee Protection Division HearingsEffective September 1, 2017, the Refugee Protection Division will be launching a 6-month pilot project, whereby young children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by an adult making a refugee claim will not be required to appear before the RPD.
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to carry out audit of long-term detention reviewsIn line with its commitment to excellence in the delivery of administrative justice, the IRB will carry out an independent audit of detention reviews by the Immigration Division.
IRB launching Irregular Border Crossing Response Team to address large and growing number of border crossings in QuebecIn response to the large number of irregular border crossings from the United States by individuals seeking asylum in Canada, the IRB is launching an Irregular Border Crossing Response Team.
Refugee Protection Division and Refugee Appeal Division Interface MeetingsThe deputy chairpersons of the Refugee Protection Division and the Refugee Appeal Division have recently begun to meet to ensure that they are each aware of the pressures and priorities facing the other division.
Release of Three Jurisprudential GuidesPlease be advised that on July 18, 2017, the Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada identified three decisions of the Refugee Appeal Division as Jurisprudential Guides.
Electronic Submission of Documents to the Refugee Protection DivisionThe Refugee Protection Division (RPD) has issued a practice notice to allow the submission of documents electronically using Canada Post’s epost Connect service.
Adoption of Electronic Signatures by the IADThe Immigration Appeal Division is changing the way its members sign their reasons for decision.
Reduced Capacity at the Immigration Appeal Division, Western RegionAt this time, the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has reduced capacity to conduct oral hearings from its Vancouver and Calgary offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IAD Pilot Project: Remote Testimony by VideoconferenceIn March 2017, the IAD will be launching a six-month Remote Testimony by Videoconference Pilot Project in its Central (Toronto) regional office.

Notices - Update of National Documentation Packages

National Documentation Packages Update - 30 November 201730 November 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Bulgaria, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and United Kingdom.
National Documentation Packages Update - 31 October 2017The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Bangladesh, Cape Verde, China, France, Guinea, Kuwait, Lithuania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Poland, Romania, Togo and Yemen.
National Documentation Packages Update - 20 October 201720 October 2017 - The National Documentation Package for the following country has been updated: Haiti.
National Documentation Packages Update - 29 September 2017National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Albania, Chad, El Salvador, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Netherlands, Niger, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Syria, Tanzania and Trinidad and Tobago.
National Documentation Packages Update - 31 August 2017The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Algeria, Belgium, Belize, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia and Slovak Republic.
National Documentation Packages Update - 31 July 2017The following National Documentation Packages have been updated: Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Fiji, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Mali, Mauritania, Qatar, Moldova, Swaziland and Ukraine.
National Documentation Packages Update - 30 June 2017The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Greece, Haiti, Malawi, Mongolia, Spain, Tajikistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
National Documentation Packages Update - 31 May 201731 May 2017 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated:Belarus, Cuba, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, India, Italy, Montenegro, Morocco, Republic of the Congo, Serbia, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
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...

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