Waiting Period

Be patient

Waiting is a normal part of making a refugee claim. You might have to wait to have your hearing or wait to learn if your claim is accepted.

Get ready

Use waiting time to get ready for your hearing:

  • Attend a Ready Tour with the IRB-RPD. You will learn how to prepare, meet IRB staff, learn what happens at the hearing and who will be there, and ask questions.
  • Look over your BOC form, your narrative, and the evidence you sent in. 
  • Look for any information that does not match in your BOC, narrative, interview notes, evidence and other documents (including overseas visa applications). Tell your legal representative. You may want to send changes to the IRB-RPD.
  • Keep up on the news from your country. If something happens that is related to your claim, tell your legal representative.

Get settled

Use any waiting time to settle yourself and family members. You can:

  • Improve your English or French
  • Find a job
  • Stay physically active
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Join a newcomer group
  • Get to know your neighbours