Applying for Refugee Protection from within Canada

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This application is for persons in Canada who would like to make a claim for refugee protection.

Read these two instruction guides to help you complete your application and understand the application process:

This application includes:

How to use this application package

Read the instruction guide to complete your application forms

  • Use the new Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]. It can be completed and saved on a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher.
  • Completing the form electronically is easier and reduces the risk of errors.
  • Press the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the application to make sure you have completed all the fields and to generate 2D barcodes before printing.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’

Complete, validate, and print your application forms

To ensure you submit all the pages:

IMM 0008:

  • Click on the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form.

    Note: Validating the form before printing ensures you have answered all the questions and will avoid delays in processing your application.

  • A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  • Print, sign and date the form.
    • Print on white, bond-quality and non-glossy paper
    • Use of a laser printer is recommended
  • Place the barcode page on the top of each individual package.

Other forms:

Use the Document Checklist to make sure you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Submit your fully completed application forms in person to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office.

Find out more about the barcode form.

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