Get a legal representative
Apply for legal aid if it is available where you are. If possible, talk to an immigration lawyer before you apply.
Be open and honest with your legal representative. It will be difficult for them to help you if you hide information. They are your guide.
Prepare before every meeting with your legal representative. You may want to email them questions first or make a list of questions to take to the meeting. This will help you use your time well.
This is your refugee claim
Remember that this is YOUR claim for refugee protection. Even if you have a legal representative, you should be involved in all the steps before your hearing. Keep track of the deadlines. If you miss one, the IRB may say that you have abandoned your claim.
Take control of what you can. Make sure you understand the process. This will make you more comfortable with what happens.
Work with your legal representative
Know how and when to stay in contact with your legal representative. Always have a good reason to contact them. This will help you respect each other. Learn the type of person they are, so you can work well together. You are going through this together.
Your legal representative’s role
Know what your legal representative can and cannot do. Do not expect them to tell you if your claim will be accepted. The Member of the IRB-RPD decides that.
Change your legal representative
You have the right to change your legal representative if you think they are not helpful. If you are not comfortable, get a new representative. It is important to find someone you can trust.