Although you can represent yourself in your hearing you may want to hire counsel to help you. Your counsel can be a lawyer or a registered immigration consultant. If you are in Quebec, counsel can also be a notary. You are responsible for paying your counsel. You can contact the provincial Legal Aid Society of the province where your case will be heard to see if you may be able to get free legal help. Some community or religious organizations that help immigrants and refugees may also be able to help you. Ask a CBSA officer to help you find more information. If you decide to hire counsel or to have someone help you, you should do so as soon as possible.
You may choose to give evidence at your admissibility hearing. Copies of documents must be provided to CBSA and the Immigration Division at least five (5) days before your hearing. Please refer to
Immigration Division Rules 24 – 31 for information about the disclosure of documents.
You may call witnesses to at your admissibility hearing. You must give a list of witnesses that you plan to call to CBSA and the Immigration Division. This list must be given at least five (5) days before your hearing. Please refer to
Immigration Division Rules 32-24 for information about witnesses.