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Understanding the Recent Changes to the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment for Uganda

In the ever-evolving world of immigration policy, keeping abreast of new changes and regulations is crucial. One such recent update involves individuals from Uganda and their eligibility to apply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA). This article aims to shed light on these modifications, helping those affected understand their implications better.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), on May 12, 2023, announced specific changes to the PRRA process for Ugandan nationals. The changes pertain to individuals who received a negative final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the Federal Court, or a final PRRA decision from IRCC between May 13, 2022, and May 12, 2023.

The Canada Border Services Agency is tasked with notifying eligible individuals from Uganda about their potential to apply for a PRRA, provided they are presently subject to an enforceable removal order. It is significant to understand that, generally, if an individual’s refugee claim or previous PRRA application is rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn, they are not eligible to apply for a PRRA for at least 12 months.

However, the recent announcement represents an exception to this rule. Due to deteriorating conditions in Uganda that could potentially put returning individuals at risk, some Ugandan nationals are now exempt from the 12-month bar on applying for a PRRA, depending on when they received a decision on their refugee claim.

That said, individuals from Uganda who receive a final negative decision after May 12, 2023, are not eligible to apply for a PRRA for 12 months. This stipulation is based on the premise that any recent changes in country conditions would have been considered when the refugee claim was decided or during the PRRA process.

The ability to apply for a PRRA, however, does not guarantee its outcome. IRCC officers will continue to review each case individually, based on the provided information. Therefore, it is crucial for applicants to keep their PRRA application up to date and inform IRCC of any changes to their application promptly.

In formulating these changes, IRCC takes into consideration any recent event in a country that could place all or some of its individuals in a risk situation similar to those defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in section 96 (definition of a Convention refugee) and section 97 (definition of a person in need of protection).

Navigating immigration policy changes can be complex and sometimes overwhelming. It's essential to understand these changes and how they may impact your status or immigration process. If you or someone you know is affected by these changes or if you have any questions regarding the recent modifications to the PRRA for Ugandan nationals, we're here to help.

At Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services we are ready to provide guidance and advice tailored to your specific situation. Our mission is to help you navigate the complexities of Canadian immigration law with ease and confidence. Reach out to us today, and let's explore your options together.

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