Q & A: Applying for PR and Refugee Claim

CIC News
Published: June 1, 1998

Q. It is possible for someone who is waiting for asylum approved in Canada at the same time send an application for independent PR to Buffalo? If yes, will he have problems asking from his homeland and Canadian police clearance or any others documents like employer's letter even though he has enough work experience in his field?

Answer: The most common problem in applying for PR while a refugee claim is in progress is that selection interviews are held outside of Canada. If the individual is not able to travel to such an interview, the application could be refused.

The ability to obtain police clearance documents and letters of reference should be possible by correspondence, but would obviously vary depending on the individual circumstances.

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