The difference between a refugee and an immigrant is that an immigrant is a person that chooses to settle in a foreign country while a refugee is a person that is forced to flee their home country.
The Canadian refugee protection program distinguishes the refugee issue through two main programs:
To qualify for the In-Canada Asylum Program applicants must qualify in the following ways in order to get protection from the people of Canada:
As for the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, The United Nations Refugee Agency better known as the UNHCR and private sponsors in Canada, identify refugees that are good candidates for refugee status in Canada. A refugee or a person cannot directly apply for refugee status in Canada through this program.
Once a suitable candidate is identified a lengthy process ensues to ensure that proper private sponsors in Canada are identified to settle the refugees to Canada. Through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program, refugees are identified by the UNHCR and are matched with suitable private Canadian sponsors.
Sometimes visa applications for refugee's status in Canada may not be successful for several reasons. Some of the reasons for the unsuccessful applications may be appealed while some other reasons may not be appealed.
At Legacy Immigration Consultants Ltd., we are one of the few Canadian immigration consultancy firms that are authorized to represent appeals related to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). We have successfully represented a lot of our clients in such IRB appeals cases and especially with cases related to spousal sponsorships and for refugees that seek to maintain permanent residency status.
The procedure for responding to a refugee appeal is as follows:
If you were granted refugee status by the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) but a Minister appealed the decision then you have to respond to the appeal and file the necessary documentation. If you choose not to appeal, then the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) will decide the appeal based on the RPD record and the Minister’s documents.
To ensure that your appeal is successful, you must respond as follows: