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 August 27, 2020: As of
September 14, 2020, non-medical masks will be required in hearing rooms.
July 15, 2020, non-medical masks or face coverings are mandatory in all IRB 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.
This involves making a claim; submitting the necessary documentation; attending a hearing; and finally, awaiting a decision.
Learn about filing a Notice of Appeal and completing your Appellant's Record.
Information on filing a Notice of Appeal and preparing for your appeal hearing.
Information concerning the procedures for Admissibility Hearings and Detention Reviews, as well as legal decisions and guidelines.
Information on making a complaint about the conduct of a member, an unauthorized paid representative or an interpreter.