Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The Canadian Refugee Protection Portal was introduced by Canada
The government of Canada published an update introducing the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal (CRPP), which was launched on October 6, 2021.
Individuals who are currently in Canada can make a refugee claim using the portal which is effective immediately. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires applicants or their legal representatives to create an online account, complete a questionnaire and submit supporting documents online.
Applications of those who require accommodation or have a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Temporary residents and foreign nationals not subject to a removal order can make a refugee claim in Canada. This includes a claim made at an admissibility hearing prior to the issuance of a removal order.
Canadian citizens cannot make a refugee claim since they already enjoy citizenship protection and the right to enter and remain in Canada. A refugee claim can be initiated from inside Canada, using the online Canadian Refugee Protection Portal application process.
If a removal order has not been issued, a refugee claim may be made at a Canadian port of entry or at any inland Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) office during the administrative or admissibility hearing process.