Immigration and Refugee Protection during the emergency

The Precarious Migrant Protection and Support Program allows us to offer timely and holistic case management and service provision for precarious migrant populations.

During these emergency times, FCJ Refugee Centre keeps supporting precarious migrants by phone or through our Virtual Informative Sessions.

  • We welcome anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding immigration issues.
  • You are welcome to contact us by phone at 416-469 9754

The programs  we are providing to vulnerable populations are possible thanks to the support we receive from:

Claiming refugee protection from inside Canada: How to apply

Follow the steps to start your inland refugee claim. Click here

How to apply for Legal Aid

Every time you apply, you will speak to two different agents. The first agent will ask you more basic questions and set up your Legal Aid account. At the end of the call, they will give you a client number. Write the number down. They will then transfer you to a second agent who may ask you more personal questions related to the reason for your refugee claim and your finances.

Take a look at the Questionaire Guide with information you will need during the interview.

To read the complete guide on how to apply for Legal Aid read this document.

We invite you to listen this information at our Borderless Voices Podcast.

Humanitarian and Compassionate Application Gathering Guide

People in urgent need

In solidarity with precarious migrants, we will still be serving people who are in urgent need. We continue to remotely offer as many services as possible by phone, e-mail, or any other electronic means available to us.

For any inquiries on any issue or situation related to immigration and refugee process, as well as about all our services please either contact us at the emails below or call 416-469-9754 and dial the extensions in the information below.

  • Loly Rico, Co-director: Ext. 224. lolyrico @ fcjrefugeecentre.org
  • Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-director: Ext. 227. franciscorico @ fcjrefugeecentre.org
  • Diana Gallego, Associated Director: Ext. 225. dianagallego @ fcjrefugeecentre.org
  • Migrant Workers Mobile Program & Anti-Human Trafficking Program: 647 971 2153
  • WhatsApp: 437 217 3786


From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

To manage the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that will limit travel to Canada. Find out how these restrictions affect immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport applications.

In our website

If you need information about the refuge process in Canada or any other resource that is helpful please  navigate our website and feel free to use any resource you think might be helpful:

Step by step

We help refugee claimants within Canada with every step of the refugee determination process:

  1. Refugee process Orientation
  2. Legal Aid application
  3. Work permit
  4. BOC: filling out Basis of Claim Form
  5. Refugee Hearing Preparation
  6. Referral to a Lawyer
  7. Support in the refugee appeal process
  8. Judicial review process
  9. Pre-removal Risk Assessment, PRRA

Support through other immigration processes

  1. Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration Process: Guide for H&C application. To download the guide click here
  2. Conditional Permanent Residence
  3. Permanent Residence application
  4. Sponsorship Applications
  5. Invitation Letter
  6. Family reunification orientation
  7. Criminal Justice Support
  8. Extension Interim Federal Health
  9. Obtaining identification
  10. Passport application
  11. Renew Permanent Residence Card
  12. Translation of Documents
  13. Travel Document
  14. Visa extension
  15. Work permit

Information gathering in other countries

This area includes information-gathering, delegations to other countries, collaborations with local NGOs. All activities are geared toward greater access and equity.