glossary

abandoned refugee claim

The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board can decide, at a special hearing, that a refugee claimant has "abandoned" their claim. This means that the claimant loses the right to make their claim. This could happen if a claimant does not follow all the rules about making a refugee claim. For example, they don't file their Basis of Claim Form on time, don't show up for a hearing, or don't reply when the RPD asks them to.

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