Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada's largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.

COVID-19 : Important information​

Find out how COVID-19 is impacting those who appear before the Board​.

Update - September 28, 2020: With regards to recent developments in the Province of Quebec:

  • IRB offices in Montreal remain open, with hearings continuing as planned. Remote hearings are increasingly being offered where feasible.
  • Rigorous health and safety measures, developed in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, continue to be in place and the use of non-medical masks continue to be required at all times in all hearing rooms and public spaces.
  • The IRB has posted detailed health and safety guidance​ for individuals who are to attend in-person hearings at IRB facilities. This information, including a self-assessment questionnaire, will also be sent directly to individuals who are scheduled to appear before the Board.
  • The IRB is monitoring the situation and public health guidance and will make any adjustments as required. Please continue to look for updates on this page. ​ 

Make a claim for refugee protection

This involves making a claim; submitting the necessary doc​umentation; attending a hearing; and finally, awaiting a decision.

Filing a refugee appeal or responding to a Minister's appeal

Learn about filing a Notice of Appeal and completing your Appellant's Record.

Filing an immigration appeal

Information on filing a Notice of Appeal and preparing for your appeal hearing.

Detention reviews and admissibility hearings

Information concerning the procedures for Admissibility Hearings and Detention Reviews, as well as legal decisions and guidelines.

Making a complaint to the IRB

Information on making a complaint about the conduct of a member, an unauthorized paid representative or an interpreter.

Member conduct issues

Information on summaries of decisions, archived reports, including the Second Annual Report on Complaints​.