The BC Refugee Hub has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Refugee Claimants in British Columbia.
NOTE: (January 2019) Updates were made to answers in Section 3 – Questions 1 and 6.
The following sections and questions are covered in the FAQ, along with resource links for each:
SECTION 1 – Making A Refugee Claim
1 – Who can make a claim for refugee status in Canada?
2 – When and where can a refugee claim be made?
3 – What is involved in the refugee claim process?
Info-sheet: Refugee Claim Process (BC Context)
SECTION 2 – The Refugee Claim Hearing
1 – What is involved in a refugee claim hearing?
2 – What happens after the hearing?
3 – How long will it take to have a decision about a refugee claim?
4 – What can a claimant do if they are refused?
5 – How can a refugee claimant gain legal counsel?
SECTION 3 – Refugee Claimant Settlement Needs
1 – Do refugee claimants have the right to work in Canada while the claim is processed?
2 – Can the children of refugee claimants go to school while the claim is processed?
3 – Can a refugee claimant apply for child tax subsidy while the claim is processed?
4 – Can a refugee claimant (and their family in Canada) receive medical treatment while the refugee claim is
5 – Can refugee claimants apply for LINC classes while the refugee claim is processed?
6 – Can refugee claimants study and take courses at a post-secondary institution while the refugee claim is
7 – Can refugee claimants access IRCC funded settlement services while the refugee claim is processed?
8 – Can a refugee claimant apply for social assistance while waiting for their claim to be processed?
9 – Can a refugee claimant open a bank account while waiting for their claim to be processed?
10 – What housing options are available to refugee claimants?