Duties of asylum-seekers

As a refugee, or someone applying for refugee status (asylum-seeker), you have the following duties:

  • Respect and abide by the laws of Canada: It is your duty to respect and abide by the laws and regulations of Canada and to contribute towards the maintenance of public order.
  • If you are applying for a refugee status, you must inform the Immigration Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) of any change of telephone number or address. It is of utmost importance that your details with the institutions that assist you, such as UNHCR, Legal Aid or your lawyer, are kept up-to-date.
  • If you are applying for refugee status it must be kept in mind that you CAN NOT travel out of Canada.
  • If you are recognized as a refugee, it is your responsibility to ensure that you DO NOT travel to your country of origin. If you travel to your country of origin without authorization, it may result in you losing your refugee status because authorities would recognize this as a sign that you feel safe in your country of origin and that you are no longer at-risk of harm and persecution.