Resumption Notice – IRB Business resumption measures related to COVID-19
On April 7, 2020, in response to the pandemic, the IRB issued a Practice Notice outlining a number of measures to protect the health and safety of IRB employees and hearing participants. These measures included the suspension of all in-person hearings, except for detention reviews and some admissibility hearings involving detained persons. On June 15, 2020, mail and partial registry services resumed in the IRB’s Vancouver Regional Office. Mail services are resuming in Montreal and Toronto on June 22, 2020. Partial registry service will resume in these offices on June 29, 2020.
In light of the re-opening of our offices, the IRB is issuing a Resumption Notice for the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) and the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). The two Divisions are resuming in-person hearings in Vancouver the week of July 20, 2020, and at all other IRB locations the week of August 3, 2020.
In preparation for this resumption, the RPD and the IAD will soon be reaching out to refugee claimants and immigration appellants or their counsel to re-schedule their hearings.
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