Legal and policy resources

Attention Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants advises as follows:

As of July 1, 2023, all Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) are required to hold a RCIC-IRB class of licence to represent clients before the IRB.

Consult the specialization program pathway for further information.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is bound by the Act and Regulations in making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters. In addition, the IRB relies on the Rules of the Divisions as well as its own policy instruments and administrative procedures to promote efficiency and fairness in the treatment of all cases.

Act, rules and regulations

Consult the act, rules and regulations which provides the IRB with jurisdiction to hear and decide cases on immigration and refugee matters.

Policy instruments

Learn about IRB's policy instruments: Chairperson's Guidelines and Instructions; Jurisprudential Guides; and Policies

Procedures and practice notices

This section outlines the core procedural steps that define the administrative tribunal process at the IRB. It also includes the description of other processes.

Legal resources

The section contains papers on key legal concepts and procedural matters in immigration and refugee proceedings before the Board.


Read select IRB decisions on immigration and refugee claims and appeals.