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.

Notice: COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) wants to reassure its staff and all those who appear before it that the IRB is taking measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as regular sanitization of our hearing rooms and reception areas.

If you have travelled to Hubei province, China, recently or believe you may have come in contact with COVID-19 and have symptoms of a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider. Further, if you have proceedings scheduled before the IRB, please contact the appropriate registry and region who will inform you of next steps.

For the most up-to-date information, visit and follow Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter. You can also contact the new coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397.

Make a claim for refugee protection

This involves making a claim; submitting the necessary documentation; 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​  F​t annual report on the new member complaints procedures.