Claim refugee protection from inside Canada

On December 15, 2012, Canada’s asylum system changed. Under the new system, asylum claims will be heard faster. This means that those who need Canada’s protection will get it faster, while those who do not, will be sent home faster.

Find out more about these changes.

Canada offers refugee protection to some people in Canada who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to leave. Some dangers they may face include the following:

  • torture;
  • a risk to their life; or
  • a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.

If you feel you could face one of these risks if you go back to your home country or the country where you normally live, you may be able to seek protection in Canada as a refugee.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to apply for refugee status from within Canada.


Find out how to apply for refugee protection in Canada.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply for refugee status from inside Canada.

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