If you are in Canada and have a well-founded fear of persecution or you are at risk of torture or cruel and unusual punishment or treatment in your country of citizenship or nationality, you can submit a refugee claim or claim for protection at the Refugee Protection Division.
You will need to discuss in detail your reasons for fearing return to your home country as well as provide documentation about this. The risk you face must be personal to you, you must demonstrate that you tried to seek assistance from your government and you must also prove that there is no other city or region in a country which you could return and be safe.
A refugee claim has many different steps and it is crucial to have a lawyer assist you in order to ensure that you go through the steps correctly.
I AM OUTSIDE OF CANADA AND I WANT TO MAKE A REFUGEE CLAIM IN CANADA, CAN I?
You can submit a refugee claim in Canada if you are in Canada and have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular.
In order to be recognized as a Convention Refugee while being outside of Canada, you must be outside of your home country and be referred the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) or another referral organization, or be sponsored by a private sponsorship group and selected as a government assisted or privately sponsored refugee, or have the funds needed to support yourself and any dependants after you arrive in Canada.
Our office receives many inquiries with respect to individuals outside Canada who are in their home country and wish to submit a refugee claim in Canada. Unfortunately, unless you are in Canada or recognized as a Convention Refugee by the UNHCR, you cannot submit a refugee claim from outside Canada.
Here are some additional resources to help you immigrate to Canada.