Callout for legacy claimants: contact us to schedule your hearing
On December 15, 2012, the refugee determination system in Canada underwent some big changes. At the time there were 32,000 claims —what the Board calls “legacy claims”— pending from the old system. By April 2017, much progress had been made on eliminating this inventory of claims, but there were still approximately 5,500 legacy claimants who were still waiting for a decision. Appreciating the difficulties that processing delays cause for claimants, the Board decided to take action, and, in the absence of additional funding, reallocated internal resources to fund a legacy task force with a mandate to finalize all remaining legacy claims.
Shortly after the task force was formed, the Board issued a callout to legacy claimants to update their contact information, and to volunteer to have their hearings scheduled by submitting an Intention to Proceed form. As a result of this callout, the legacy task force was able to begin hearing cases in September 2017 and, since that time, has been able to reduce the pending inventory by about half, with more claims scheduled for a hearing from now until July 2018.
In an attempt to continue making progress, the Board is looking ahead and would like to schedule more hearings for legacy claimants in the months ahead. Therefore, we are asking all legacy claimants who have not contacted the IRB to schedule their hearing to do so as soon as possible. If your claim for refugee protection was referred before December 15, 2012, and you wish to schedule a hearing as soon as possible, you may do so by completing the
Intention to Proceed Form. Legacy claimants who do not proactively submit this form may also be contacted by the Board at their address on record, to inquire about their intention to proceed.
Publication of RAD reasons of interest
Building a cohesive body of refugee law is an important element of the role of the RAD. Recognizing that all single-member panel RAD reasons are persuasive to RPD members and highly relevant to RAD members, the RAD Professional Development Committee has started to identify and publish
select RAD reasons on the IRB's external website. While all published RAD reasons are publicly available on CanLII, the Committee believes that identifying some RAD decisions that match the criteria below will facilitate the professional development and work of members. Highlighting these decisions demonstrates transparency and may assist appellants and stakeholders.
Identified decisions will be periodically selected and accompanied by a brief explanation of how the decision matches the established criteria. So please have a look at these first reasons and keep an eye out for more reasons on the IRB website.
The criteria the Committee will use to evaluate which decisions should be identified as a RAD decision of interest are:
- decisions that model a practical or expedient approach to an issue;
- decisions that demonstrate a novel or evolutional approach to an issue;
- decisions that thoroughly assess a complex issue;
- decisions that model excellence in reasons writing; and
- decisions that respond to a timely or emerging issue.