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Resources – For Service Providers

If you are a service provider wanting to learn more about Canada’s refugee determination system or need information to help someone who is seeking protection, the following comprehensive list of resources, tools, and links should help you find what you need. Kinbrace is located in Metro Vancouver, so some of the details are region specific.  Remember, because the refugee determination system is federal, the process applies across the country.

Understand Canada’s new refugee protection system

As Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (PCISA – Bill C-31) has come into force, refugee claimants and service providers alike have had to educate themselves on how best to manage this expedited and complex refugee determination system.

Through the Navigating Refugee Reform Workshops offered January-May 2013 in BC’s Lower Mainland, a comprehensive list of resources, tools, and links was compiled to assist refugee claimants, service providers, and others to understand and navigate this new system.

Please follow the links below to access resources.

 

TIMELINE FLOWCHARTS FOR REFUGEE CLAIMANTS

Legal Services Society Refugee Claim Flowchart

Canadian Red Cross First Contact Flowchart

Canadian Council for Refugees Refugee Claimant Flowchart

Refugee Status Determination Flowchart

 

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND FORMS

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Claimant’s Kit and Basis of Claim form

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Refugee Appeal Division

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Forms for Applying for Refugee Protection from Within Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Guide for Applying for Refugee Protection from within Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Designated Countries of Origin

 

KINBRACE’S READY GUIDE – REFUGEE HEARING PREPARATION

REFUGEE HEARING PREPARATION: A GUIDE FOR REFUGEE CLAIMANTS  (for claims referred on or after 15 December 2012)

 

LEGAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project

Canadian Bar Association List of Lawyers practicing Refugee Law in British Columbia

Refugee Law in 6 Basic Steps – Lesley Stalker

Free Legal Advice and Representation in the BC Lower Mainland

 

HEALTHCARE ELIGIBILITY AND RESOURCES

Interim Federal Health Program Information Sheet

Interim Federal Health Program Summary of Benefits for Refugee Claimants

BC Medical Services Plan Eligibility and Enrolment

 

SERVICE PROVIDER TOOLS, RESOURCES, AND LINKS

Canadian Red Cross First Contact Program

Canadian Council for Refugees Refugee Reform Resources and Links

Agencies Assisting Refugee Claimants in BC

Refugee Claimant Settlement Checklist – Kinbrace Community Society

Refugee Claimant Issues Checklist – Settlement Orientation Service

 

EVIDENCE GATHERING AND PREPARATION

National Documentation Packages (IRB)

Human Rights and Country Condition Reports (UNHCR)

Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugee Claimants (UNHCR)

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Forced Migration Country Information Resources

 

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