Remote-only hearings

​Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) hearings are currently being held remotely, as a matter of general application.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the IRB has been guided by the dual objectives of protecting the health and safety of employees and those appearing before the Board, while also ensuring meaningful access to justice.

In January 2021, the Board announced that it would adopt a remote-hearings-only operating model, with exceptions being made in very specific circumstances.

T​he Board considers requests for in-person hearings in exceptional circumstances, while monitoring and making appropriate adjustments based on public health guidance. Such requests may be made to the appropriate Registry when the hearing is scheduled, or as soon as possible thereafter, and must include an explanation of what urgency or particular sensitivity makes a virtual hearing unsuitable.

The IRB is still not accepting documents in person for any Division during this time. Documents must be submitted to the IRB electronically using MyCase portal, email (where applicable) or through Canada Post epost Connect. Fax and regular mail/courier will continue to be accepted but should only be used when electronic options are not available.

Sufficient advance notice of any changes will be provided to allow all parties time to accommodate any operational adjustments.