If you need them, you may work with interpreters:
- When meeting with your legal representative
- During interviews with IRCC or CBSA
- At your IRB-RPD hearing
You can have a free professional interpreter in your language at your eligibility interview and at your refugee hearing. You may not choose the interpreter.
If you have a legal aid lawyer, legal aid may pay for some interpretation. When you hire a legal representative, you will likely have to pay the fees yourself. In other situations, such as in free legal clinics, a friend, or a volunteer or worker can help interpret for you.
What your interpreter should do
The main role of an interpreter is to make sure everyone can understand each other clearly.
- Translate exactly or as closely as possible. They should not add anything or leave anything out.
- Never show if they agree or disagree with something.
- Keep everything that is said private.
Your interpreter should not:
- Give you legal advice or explain what is happening.
- Say what they think you meant, or shorten or expand what you say.
If you think the interpreter made a mistake or you do not understand something, tell your legal representative, the Member, or the officer.