Refugees and asylum
Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada.
Services and information
Who can sponsor refugees, forms, processing times and what to do after you apply
Who can be sponsored as a refugee, what to do after you apply and what to expect when you get to Canada
Apply in Canada as a refugee if you fear persecution or if you are in danger if you return to your home country
Find out what Canada did to welcome Syrian refugees, read stories from the journey, see key figures, and learn how Canadians got involved
Learn about the two programs to help refugees claim protection from outside and inside Canada, how we help refugees and other newcomers settle and integrate
Access health care, get help to adjust to Canada, financial help and refugee rights
Appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division
Stay safe from immigration fraud, such as marriage or document fraud, and email and Internet scams
Asylum claimants processed by CBSA, IRCC and RCMP
Find stories of how Canada helps the world’s refugees and displaced people, and how they have contributed to Canada.
What we are doing
- Apply to sponsor a refugee
- Request a refugee profile
- Apply as a protected person abroad
- Apply to sponsor a refugee under the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program
- Government-assisted refugees
- Privately sponsored refugees
- Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
- Refugees under the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program
Policies, acts and regulations
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Refugee Protection Division Rules
- Refugee Appeal Division Rules
- Interim Federal Health Program Policy
Learn about Canada’s role concerning LGBTQ2 refugees
Canada is recognized around the world for its leadership in offering a safe haven to people who need refugee protection. Find out what Canada is doing to help LGBTQ2 refugees.
Stories from former refugees
Watch inspirational stories from former refugees about coming to Canada.
Canada: A History of Refuge
Visit our online refugee exposition to learn more about refugees in Canada.
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