Notice – Changes to Pre-Removal Risk Assessment for Egypt and Central African Republic

May 30, 2014 — Individuals from Egypt and the Central African Republic may be eligible for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) if they received a final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or a final PRRA decision on or between May 12, 2013, and May 11, 2014. Prior to removing them from Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency will advise individuals from Egypt and the Central African Republic if they are now eligible to apply for a PRRA.

Individuals from Egypt and the Central African Republic are exempted from the bar on accessing a PRRA as conditions in each country have worsened. As a result, individuals could face a situation of risk that may warrant an additional assessment.

It is important to note that the ability to apply for PRRA does not guarantee the outcome of the risk assessment. Officers at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will continue to decide cases individually, based on the information provided.

Please note that individuals are responsible for keeping their PRRA application up-to-date. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform CIC of any changes to their application. This is required, so that decision makers have all the information an individual wants considered for their application.

Individuals from Egypt and the Central African Republic who receive a final IRB or PRRA decision after May 11, 2014, are not entitled to a PRRA for 12 months.

The majority of people who seek a PRRA are failed refugee claimants. These individuals will have had their asylum claim heard before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) at the independent IRB.

Under Canada’s asylum system, most claimants have the opportunity to appeal a negative RPD decision to the new Refugee Appeal Division at the IRB.

All claimants can ask the Federal Court to review a negative decision.

In considering what countries to exempt, CIC considers any event that has recently arisen in a country that could place all or some of its individuals in a situation of risk similar to those defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (sections 96—definition of a Convention Refugee and 97—definition of a person in need of protection). For example, these changes could include a change in government, laws or policies that indicate government sanction of persecution against certain groups or a lack of state protection.

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