Practice notice on the temporary extension of time limits for filing the basis of claim form

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) is temporarily extending time limits for filing the Basis of Claim Form (BOC Form).

Current Time Limits

The BOC Form for inland claims must usually be provided to the referring officer not later than the day on which the officer determines the eligibility of the claim.

The BOC Form for claims made at a port of entry must usually be provided to the RPD not later than 15 days after the day the claim is referred to the RPD.

Temporary Extension

If your time limit for filing the BOC Form with the RPD falls between February 15 and April 15, 2020 inclusive, the deadline is extended to May 30, 2020.

Monitoring

The IRB is monitoring the situation closely and may make further adjustments as the situation requires. Please check the IRB website regularly for updates.

Authority

Subsection 159.8(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that the RPD may extend the time for providing the BOC Form for port of entry claimants by the number of days necessary for reasons of fairness and natural justice. In addition, section 165 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides that the RPD may do whatever is necessary for a full and proper hearing.

Signed March 15, 2020

Roula Eatrides
Deputy Chairperson, RPD

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