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Pre-Removal Risk Assessments
Before their removal from Canada, many individuals are eligible to apply for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment [PRRA]. A PRRA represents a last opportunity to raise one’s concerns to the Minister that their removal from Canada would have the effect of putting them in danger.
PRRA applications are made in writing and are subject to a number of evidentiary restrictions, particularly, with respect to evidence that was previously before or available to decision makers at the Refugee Protection Division or the Refugee Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. As a result, PRRA applications can be fairly technical in addition to requiring compelling documentary evidence.
If a person’s PRRA application is accepted, this represents a finding that they are a person in need of protection in Canada and they are likely to be granted permanent resident status and protected from removal to the country in which they are at risk.
Although PRRA applications have a fairly low success rate, Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell have received a significant number of approvals on such applications and as such, they represent a vital last opportunity to remain in Canada prior to one’s deportation. Because of the legal and evidentiary complexity of PRRA applications, it is important to be represented by a qualified immigration lawyer with experience representing people in this form of application.