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IRCC Launches New Online Portal For In-Canada Refugee Claims

Today, IRCC launched a new eApp online portal for refugee claims. Individuals in Canada seeking refugee status will be able to use this new portal effective September 13, 2022.

This new online asylum application system replace existing Canadian Refugee Protection Portal. And this will now be the primary method for persons to apply for refugee status in Canada.

Canada launched this new online portal to improve the applicants’ experience and will only be for people already in Canada.


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As per IRCC September 13 notice, officers will be capable of communicating with clients or their legal representatives directly through this new portal. Additionally, claimants will also be able to monitor the status of their application.

Province-Wise Asylum Claimants Processed by IRCC, January – July 2022

Provinces/TerritoriesJanuary – July 2022
Ontario7,950
Quebec3,490
British Columbia1,370
Alberta750
Manitoba120
Nova Scotia35
Saskatchewan25
New Brunswick15
Newfoundland and Labrador10
Prince Edward Island

Source: IRCC

Anyone who wants to apply for refugee status in Canada can submit their paperwork as well as the documents of their family members who are living in Canada.

Once a claim is initiated, applicants will have 90 days to submit it. Incomplete claims that are not completed within 90 days will be removed for privacy reasons.

Individuals who began a claim via the previous Canadian Refugee Protection Portal on or before September 12, 2022 but have not submitted it, will still have until December 31, 2022 to submit their claim.

Furthermore, claimants who need accommodations can continue to file a written claim.

Source: IRCC