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Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) applications and refugee claims: how are they different?

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What if a refugee claimant wants to make an H&C application?

This is possible only if they withdraw their refugee claim before evidence is presented at their refugee protection hearing. A claimant can withdraw their claim:

  • by writing to the Refugee Protection Division of the IRB, or
  • by saying they withdraw their claim at the beginning of their hearing.