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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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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.
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.
Interim prohibition order regarding Artem Djukic cancelledThe IRB has issued an order cancelling the interim order that prohibited Artem Djukic from representing or advising any person in connection with any proceeding before the IRB.
Refugee Appeal Division Issues Practice Notice: Use of Electronic SignaturesThe Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has issued a practice notice that designates the use of an electronic signature to satisfy the requirement for RAD members to sign their reasons for decision.

Notices - Update of National Documentation Packages

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...
National Documentation Package Update - 31 August 201631 August 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Algeria, Belgium, Belize, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, North Korea.
National Documentation Package Update - 5 August 20165 August 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
National Documentation Package Update - 29 July 201629 July 2016 - The National Documentation Packages for the following countries have been updated: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Mali...

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