UNHCR Canada - Help for refugees and asylum-seekers

If you are coming from the United States and intend on claiming asylum at the Canadian border, note that new restrictions apply since 25 March 2023. More information available in the Claiming Asylum at the land border section.

If you are fleeing your country because you fear persecution or risk to your life, you can apply for asylum in Canada. If you are granted asylum, you will receive refugee status and the right to stay. To apply for asylum, you must be physically present in Canada or be seeking entry into the country at a point of entry (airport, land border or seaport).  

On this website, you will find:

The information contained here is to be used as a guide and is not legal advice. If you have any questions, please seek legal assistance. 

Are you outside of Canada?  Are you seeking help for relatives abroad? Please select the country you want information about on UNHCR’s HELP homepage or contact your closest UNHCR country office.