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How can I be safe from COVID-19 during my detention review hearing?

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How can I be safe from COVID-19 during my detention review hearing?
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How can I be safe from COVID-19 during my detention review hearing?
Reviewed: 
June 3, 2020
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The Immigration Division (ID) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) will continue to hold detention review hearings.

The ID is following special safety measures at detention reviews:

  • Detainees can participate by videoconference or telephone, where possible.
  • Counsel, bondspersons, and hearing officers can also participate in hearings by videoconference and telephone.
  • Health screening procedures will be conducted at hearing sites.

If you don’t have legal representation for your hearing, Legal Aid Ontario’s Refugee Law Office may be able to help you. Staff can give legal advice by phone. And, if you’re eligible, they might be able to represent you at your detention review videoconference. You can call the Refugee Law Office collect at 416-977-8111 or toll-free at 1-855-854-8111.

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