Asylum Seekers

Canada-Immigration Warning SignMore than 26,000 people crossed the Canada-U.S. border irregularly to file refugee claims in a 15-month period in 2017-18, straining an already overburdened Canadian refugee determination system. This resource aims to provide brief, high-level guidance for lawyers and settlement agencies, or asylum seekers themselves entering from the U.S., in need of preliminary guidance on Canadian refugee law and procedure. It also provides more general information about the Canadian immigration and refugee determination procedures regardless of the country of origin, and about other options for legally entering the country. To find a Canadian immigration lawyer, use the CBA Find-A-Lawyer tool.

In this toolkit:

Canada-USA Safe Third Country Agreement

Inland protection claims

Refugee determination

Other options