Refugee Matters

Understanding Refugee Matters in Canada: A Comprehensive Guide

Canada stands as a beacon of hope for many individuals fleeing persecution and seeking refuge. This country’s commitment to protecting and offering a new home to those in dire situations is commendable. If you or someone you know is considering seeking refuge in Canada, understanding the key components of refugee matters is crucial. Here’s a concise breakdown of the main procedures and rights associated with refugee status in Canada. 

Refugee Claims

When someone reaches Canada and fears persecution, torture, or risk to their life in their home country, they can make a refugee claim. The process involves presenting your case, and explaining why you're afraid to return to your home country. This claim is assessed based on, among other factors, its credibility and the forward-facing risk involved. Need guidance on filing a robust refugee claim? With experienced professionals, we can aid in constructing a compelling case.

Appeals at the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)

If your refugee claim is denied, it's not the end of the road. You have the right to challenge the decision at the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). This is a critical step where you can consider the evidence that was previously presented, the assessment previously undertaken at the RPD, and in some circumstances, even present new evidence. Appeals are complex; however, with the right guidance and expertise, your chances of a successful outcome can be enhanced.

Stays of Removal

If there's an order for you to be removed from Canada, but you believe this would put you in imminent danger or cause irreparable harm, you can request a stay of removal. This is a temporary measure to halt the removal order, allowing you to stay in Canada until a final decision is made. Knowing when and how to request a stay of removal is crucial, and professional assistance can prove invaluable.

Protected Person and Refugee PR Applications

Once recognized as a protected person in Canada (i.e. after a successful refugee claim), you can apply for Permanent Residence (PR). This status provides you with more stability and the opportunity to build a permanent life in Canada. The PR application process can be intricate, but with expertise on your side, navigating the steps becomes smoother.

Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the option to privately sponsor refugees. This involves financially and emotionally supporting a refugee or a refugee family for a specific duration, ensuring they successfully integrate into Canadian society. If you're considering this generous act, knowing the intricacies and responsibilities of this complicated application is paramount.

Navigating refugee matters can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. At Hummel Law, we specialize in refugee immigration services, ensuring that each case is handled with utmost precision and empathy. Let us be your guiding light, offering expert advice and steadfast support, as we journey together towards securing your place in Canada.


We strive to ensure that our client’s immigration needs are promptly met. With a special focus on litigation, and solving complex immigration problems with creativity and efficiency, we endeavour to ensure that our clients can make the most of the immigration programs and resources available. We will not stop until your immigration goals are achieved.