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Posted On: 2/10/2023
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Can lgbt people from the USA claim asylum in Canada?
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Posted On: 4/20/2023
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Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your question with us.

According to a recent CBC article, "the federal government says LGBTQ Americans who face persecution can already claim asylum in this country.

In an emailed statement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said LGBTQ people around the world, including Americans, can claim asylum through two different refugee streams."

You might find helpful information in the resource "Making a LGBTI Refugee Protection Claim in Canada" There are more tips and resources in this document, here is an excerpt from the introduction:
If you are facing persecution, violence or threats because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), or because others perceive you to be, and you are considering seeking protection in Canada - this guide is intended to provide information on what is involved with making a refugee protection claim in Canada.

Have you been attacked, threatened or persecuted based on your sexual orientation or gender identity? Have you been denied your basic human rights? Is your home country unable or unwilling to protect you? In accordance with international law, Canada can protect you. For 20 years, Canada has granted refugee protection to people who face persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.


It may be best to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer for advice specific to your situation. To find a community legal clinic in your area, visit Services Near Me. You may also find a comprehensive list of free to low cost legal services in Immigration law on StepstoJustice.ca.

If you are in Canada, it may also help to connect with a community resource navigator at 211 to narrow your search. 211 Ontario is a free, confidential service. Their phone service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Here is a link to their live chat if you prefer to communicate online. Their live chat service is available Monday to Friday from 7am-9pm ET.


We hope this information is helpful.


Sincerely,


Your Settlement.Org team
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