Citizens of Belarus are now eligible for a simplified PRRA procedure


On February 19, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) posted an update related to a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) eligibility for individuals from Belarus. The continuous violence of the government towards peaceful protesters increased the risk for those who received a removal order. Thus, IRCC along with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) allow Belarusians who received a final negative decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or the Federal Court between February 20, 2020, and February 19, 2021, to apply for a PRRA. Individuals from Belarus may now be exempt from the 12-month bar on applying for a PRRA.