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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an RHP hearing?

An RHP hearing is an imitation of your IRB hearing. An RHP Adjudicator will act as the IRB member and the RHP hearing facility is styled to resemble the environment of your IRB hearing. There is no judgement or decision provided at an RHP hearing.

 

How long is an RHP hearing?

An RHP hearing is typically 2 to 3 hours long.

 

How much does an RHP hearing cost?

Nothing! The RHP is a free service.

 

What are the RHP’s confidentiality policies?

The RHP takes your privacy seriously. Your documents are kept secure and are treated with a high level of confidentiality. All those who will be in contact with your personal documents – the RHP Adjudicators and trusted RHP staff – sign agreements to commit to handle claimant information and documentation confidentially. The RHP is conducted in keeping with strict guidelines.

 

Will the RHP hearing ensure my success at my IRB hearing?

The RHP helps to prepare the claimants for their IRB hearing but does not guarantee the result of the hearing. We, therefore, do not provide any judgment or decision at the end of the RHP hearing. We will however provide you general feedback at the end of the process that may help you to better prepare.

 

Can I receive legal advice from the RHP?

No, the RHP does not provide refugee claimants with legal advice. Instead, the RHP is focused on providing legal information and education. The claimant is provided legal advice by his/her counsel or lawyer (if he/she has one).

 

If I am appealing my IRB decision, can the RHP help?

The RHP is not set up to provide support to refugee claimants with their appeal process.

 

I don’t speak English or French – can I still have an RHP hearing?

Yes. The RHP works with volunteer interpreters and we will work to secure an interpreter for your RHP hearing. However, as a growing program, we cannot guarantee the availability of interpreters for certain languages.

 

Who are the RHP Adjudicators?

The RHP Adjudicators are trained legal professionals, law students and experienced community members.

 

Where are the RHP hearings conducted?

The RHP hearing facility is located in downtown Toronto and can be easily accessed by the public transportation (TTC).

 

How do I book an RHP hearing?

Sign up by clicking here.