Reforms introduce new challenges for gay refugees

July 5, 2011
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Law Times

From a Law Times article:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender claimants could lose out under a plan to speed up the refugee determination process, according to a leading immigration lawyer. Michael Battista, a partner at Jordan Battista LLP who often deals with refugee claims based on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, said plans to cut wait times for a hearing at the refugee protection division of the Immigration and Refugee Board to just 90 days from around 18 months will make it even more difficult for claimants to prove their case and get proper representation.

The changes are being implemented as part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act that went into law in June 2010.

The new legislation also introduces a new interview to gather information to take place within 15 days of the asylum claim to replace a written form that could previously be returned within 28 days.

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