Federal Court Legal Assistance Program

The Federal Court is committed to making itself more accessible to those who need it. As part of that commitment, the Court is supporting members of the Bar across Canada who will volunteer their time and expertise to coach people who have no choice but to represent themselves.

The Federal Court Legal Assistance Program (FCLAP) is designed to help people with a low income and a chance at success in their immigration or citizenship case.

The questionnaire below will determine if your case meets the criteria for an initial assessment by a lawyer. If it does, you will be invited to submit an application.

You will hear within one calendar week whether your case is eligible for the program.

You are responsible for filing documents, meeting deadlines and taking any other necessary steps until matched with a lawyer in the program.

The role of the Federal Court is limited to making application forms available in person and online. The Federal Court does not screen applications: this program is managed entirely by members of the Bar.

Have you recently obtained a decision from any of the following:
  • A decision from the Immigration Refugee Board
  • A decision from an immigration officer or a visa officer with:
    • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) OR Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • A decision regarding pre-removal risk assessment
  • A decision from a minister, or the Canadian Border Services Agency
  • A decision regarding your removal from Canada
  • A decision regarding a citizenship application

See also: Federal Court jurisdiction in Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Law

Date modified: 2021-10-15

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