If Your Hearing is Virtual

About virtual hearings

Your refugee hearing will take place in an online video conference using Microsoft Teams software. You or your legal representative will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) when a date and time has been scheduled by the IRB-RPD. Read this notice carefully because it will explain how to participate in the virtual hearing.

Approximately five days before your virtual refugee hearing, your legal representative will receive a link to enter the video conference. Your legal representative will share this link with you. If you have no legal representative the link will be emailed to you directly. Make sure the IRB-RPD has your correct email address, telephone number and mailing address.

Changing your hearing date or time

If you need to change your hearing date or time, you must make a request to do so to the IRB-RPD.

You or your legal representative must:

  • Tell the IRB-RPD in writing (by email or fax) at least three working days before your hearing
  • Give the IRB-RPD three other possible dates and times for your hearing that are within 10 working days of your original hearing
  • Submit a medical certificate from your doctor, if your reason is medical; if you cannot obtain a medical certificate, you must include a letter explaining why you could not obtain one.