Deportation from Canada
Deportation from Canada falls under the jurisdiction of the Canada Border Services Agency. Before being deported under a removal order, you are normally given a chance to submit a pre removal risk assessment application (PRRA). If your PRRA was rejected, the PRRA officer will give you a copy of the refusal decision and the reasons for rejection of the PRRA as well as a Direction to Report for Removal, which gives you the date of your removal / deportation from Canada. The PRRA refusal decision is given to you when you are called in for a Pre Removal Risk Assessment interview. At the PRRA interview you will be given the PRRA rejection decision by hand and asked to confirm receipt of refusal decision by signing it.
When your PRRA is refused, your removal order comes into force and you will receive a reasonable period of time to prepare for your deportation from Canada, approximately 20 to 30 days after the PRRA rejection. You will also be instructed both orally and in writing on where and when to report for deportation in a document titled Direction to Report for Removal, in which the address of the border crossing, the airline, the date and further details of your departure are specified. Normally, you will be deported to the country from which you came to Canada or your home country.
In almost all cases, you will be asked whether you would like to purchase your own deportation ticket or whether you would like to have the government pay for the deportation. If the government pays, you will have to repay the government back if and when you later come back to Canada. If you decide to purchase your own deportation ticket, you will then be asked to submit a copy and the itenarary to the Removal Officer in charge of your deportation. You will be given a strict date by which you will have to submit the ticket and in some cases you will be notified that the ticket must be non-refundable.
What You Can Do if You are Being Deported
There are two general options available to you: (1) Request to Defer Removal; (2) Appeal Deportation order. In both instances you must act as quickly as possible. We cannot overemphasize the importance of timely action. In many instances, clients come to our office on the eve of their deportation or a week thereto and ask for help. Such untimely and late requests for help will inevitably make the matter a lot more complicated than it otherwise may have been.
To Obtain further information, visit the Appeals to the Federal Court section of our website.