Hearings & Appeals

We provide our expertise with all your Hearings and Appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal, responsible for making well-rounded and fair decisions on immigration and refugee matters, governed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). It consists of four different divisions:

  • Immigration Division (ID)
  • Immigration Appeals Division (IAD)
  • Refugee Protection Division (RPD)
  • Refugee Appeals Division (RAD)

Each division of the IRB is responsible for making decisions on different immigration or refugee matters. Furthermore, each set of divisional rules establishes the practices and required procedures for that particular division. The process of the IRB is flexible and may take many forms as long as it ensures well-reasoned, efficient and fair decisions. The IRB tribunal process is based on Canadian law, Canada’s international obligations and Canada’s humanitarian traditions.

If a person concerned is not satisfied with the outcome of their hearing before any branch of the IRB they may be able to appeal to the appeal division of the tribunal hearing the matter, or, in some cases to the Federal Court of Canada for Judicial Review.

Don Stevens has more than 40 years experience representing clients before the IRB. Feel free to contact us if you need representation before any branch of the IRB.


To make a refugee claim in Canada, you must be in the country. You can submit your claim either in person at a port of entry when you arrive or online if you are already in Canada.

Under IRPA, ss. 96 a Convention refugee is a person who, by reason of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion,

(a) is outside each of their countries of nationality and is unable or, by reason of that fear, unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of each of those countries.

If you fear for your safety in your own country for one of these reasons you may qualify for refugee status in Canada. We have more than 40 years experience working with refugees and a very high success rate. When you submit your claim, you will be issued a work permit or study permit and medical benefits.


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