As of June 15, 2020, the Vancouver office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) resumed mail and registry support functions critical for the assignment of files and the release of decisions. Mail services will restart in IRB offices in Montreal and Toronto on June 22, 2020, with partial registry resuming in those same cities on June 29, 2020.
The Refugee Protection Division and the Immigration Appeal Division are resuming in-person hearings in Vancouver the week of July 20, 2020, and in all other IRB locations the week of August 3, 2020. The Board will be contacting counsel, claimants and appellants to re-schedule hearings.
Counsel, claimants and appellants should refer to the Practice Notice for IRB Business resumption measures related to COVID-19 for more information.
The health and safety of IRB employees and those who appear before the Board is paramount. The Board will continue to move carefully and deliberately as it gradually increases access to work sites.