COVID-19: Update on temporary certificate authorizations for immigration matters
Published: February 22, 2022
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) implemented temporary certificate authorizations to assist lawyers representing immigration and refugee clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In light of the continuing public health measures that require remote hearings and remote client meetings, the following measures continue to be available:
Additional two hours for preparation of Basis of Claim forms
- This authorization is added automatically to all new Basis of Claim form certificates
Additional two hours to prepare for refugee hearings
- This authorization is available upon lawyer request for any certificate where a hearing has been scheduled since July 2020.
- Please use the COVID Refugee authorization request form.
The following measures ended on Dec. 31, 2021:
Additional three hours for applications on humanitarian and compassionate grounds to cover the time spent by lawyers updating and sending information related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the client’s circumstances.
Additional three hours on refugee appeal certificates for lawyers to respond to requests from the Refugee Appeal Division from June 2020 to provide updated information, including how the COVID-19 pandemic affected client cases.
Coverage for refugee claimants applying for permanent residence through the Healthcare workers Permanent Residence Pathway program launched by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.