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A pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) is an application designed by Canadian law and addressed for those individuals who are subjected to an enforceable removal order and are about to be removed from Canada. It is an opportunity for those individuals to describe in writing facts and/or to bring in writing information that may reveal the risk they believe they will face if they were to be removed from Canada to their home country or their last country of residence to which they have legal access and may be admitted.

Canada has both constitutional and international obligations which safeguard against individuals being removed from the country and sent to a foreign country where they would be in danger or at risk of persecution.

If you are facing removal from Canada, an immigration or inland enforcement officer will determine whether you are eligible for a PRRA and offer you with an opportunity to present your case.

Pre-Removal Risk Assessment: What Happens After You Apply

After you apply for a pre-removal risk assessment your application will naturally either be accepted or rejected. If accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), then you will be deemed a ‘protected person’ and thereafter you can apply for Canadian permanent residence under the protected person class. If your PRRA application has been rejected by IRCC, then you must leave Canada. In this case, you may appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Canada.

If you would like to learn more about pre-removal risk assessments, determine your eligibility, and learn how we can help you with the application process or further protect your interests after an eventual refusal of your application, our immigration and refugee lawyers at Boghossian Morais LLP may help you.

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