Will I be able to make a refugee claim at the Canada – US border?
Under the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), many people who try to make a refugee claim at the Canada-US border will be returned to the United States.
Currently, you can make a claim at the Canada- US border if you can prove any of the following:
- You have an eligible family member in Canada.
- You are under the age of 18 and travelling without an adult.
- You are a citizen of the United States.
- You are a “stateless person” who has lived or been “habitually resident” in the US.
- You hold a valid Canadian visa.
- You have been charged with or convicted of a crime that could result in the death penalty in the US or another country.
You can learn more here about coming to Canada through a Port of Entry (POE) under an exception to the STCA.