Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Pilot Program.

The Canada Border Security Agency provides border security services to ensure safety of all Canadian nationals. The CBSA is responsible to execute the removal of any individual from Canadian borders who has been issued deportation or removal orders.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Pilot Program was initiated by the CBSA to quicken the removal of low-risk refugee claimants who have been refused refugee status in Canada. The program was especially introduced for remove failed refugee claimants in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Recently, a family approached us to seek consultation on the AVRR. They wanted to apply for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Pilot Program as they had failed to attend a court hearing on their Refugee Claim. However, it was not possible for them to do so as they had not yet received a negative determination on their refugee claim. In order to apply for AVVR, the applicant must receive a refusal on their refugee claimant application.

The prime purpose of the AVVR was to facilitate the removal of those low-risk refugees whose claims of protection had been refused by the CBSA and since there were many such people awaiting departure from Canada, the CBSA initiated this program to pave way for them to leave Canada as quickly as possible. This would give the CBSA additional time and resources to focus on high-risk refugee claim applications.

If an applicant’s case is withdrawn or abandoned, then the AVVR is not applicable.