Asylum & Refugees

Finding a Refugee Lawyer in Canada

Looking for a refugee lawyer in Vancouver?  Are you currently inside Canada?

Vayeghan Litigation acts for individuals who seek to make refugee or asylum claims in Canada. Our experienced refugee lawyers work with a range of clients regardless of citizenship to provide the best representation for their immigration applications.

The Firm prides itself with providing fast and accessible legal representation to its clients. Recognizing that it is important for many refugee clients to meet tight deadlines, Vayeghan Litigation is often able to offer speedy turnaround for the preparation and completion of the necessary forms for initiating the refugee process. If you are facing a fast approaching deadline for your refugee application, please make sure to bring this to the attention of the Firm.

Please note that the Firm does NOT assist individuals who are currently outside of Canada. The Firm will only provide consultation to individuals who are inside Canada and require refugee assistance.

Refugee Law in Canada

Claiming refugee status in Canada has legal requirements. Individuals must have a reasonable fear of persecution if they were to return to their own home country. 

This persecution must be based on any one (or more) of the five factors below:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political Opinion
  • Membership in a social group, such as gender and sexual orientation (LGBTQ)

In particular, the fear of persecution must apply to the individual who is applying for refugee status. This means that the individual is under threat for one of the above five factors, and not an entire group of people that is oppressed within a country. 

Furthermore, a person can obtain refugee protection in Canada if the evidence shows that he or she is “in need of protection” because of a serious risk to his or her life in their country of origin. To succeed on this ground, it will be important to demonstrate that police agencies in the applicant’s home country are unable or unwilling to provide protection. As such, successful refugee applications have also been made in cases of individuals who could demonstrate the risk of torture or death, should they return to their country of citizenship.

The Refugee Application

When an individual is in Canada, and identifies that one or more of the above situations applies to them, they are able to make a refugee claim. It is important to note that if you have made a refugee claim at Port of Entry (POE), such as the first airport or land crossing that you stop at in Canada, you must submit a Basis of Claim (BOC) form within a set period of time. As each individual’s case is unique, there may be other requirements and timelines to consider. 

The refugee claim is made to a special court-like body called the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). Submitting this application by itself, however, does not confer permanent residence or Canadian citizenship to the individual. The application must first be approved by the Immigration and Refugee Board.  If this application is not approved, you may have a possibility of appeal. 

Once the applicant is approved, this legally entitles the individual to apply for Canadian permanent residence, and eventually, citizenship.

Record of Success

If you are inside Canada and wish to obtain asylum protection, retaining an experienced Vancouver immigration lawyer before submitting your asylum documents can be critical to your case. Obtaining asylum in Canada is a complex undertaking that has strict requirements and timelines.

Our law firm boasts a robust track record of successful refugee applications, reflecting years of experience. We navigate complex asylum processes with skill, ensuring each client benefits from a tailored, compassionate approach for the best chance at a new beginning.

Amidst rising refugee claims, delays have increased. Our clients discover that careful document preparation and clear evidence, along with our skilled lawyers, make their applications proceed more smoothly and with greater success. Rely on our firm for clear guidance and efficient processing of your refugee claim.

The Firm’s clients include refugee applicants from countries as diverse as:

  • Malawi
  • Colombia
  • Rwanda
  • Guatemala
  • Mali
  • Turkmenistan
  • Syria
  • Chile
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Iran
  • Yemen
  • Libya
  • Mexico
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bangladesh
  • Afghanistan
  • the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Kosovo
  • Turkey
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Fiji
  • Egypt
  • Bangladesh
  • Ukraine 
  • Thailand

Legal Fees

The Firm is committed to providing legal representation to those who are fleeing persecution. We will work with you to come up with a fee arrangement that meets your personal financial circumstances. Where necessary, the Firm is happy to provide its clients with monthly payment plans.

Legal fees for refugee matters are charged on a “fixed fee” or “flat fee” basis. After an initial consultation, our immigration lawyers will request a fixed fee that will cover the legal costs for handling your case from the moment the Firm is retained until its conclusion before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

The amount that the firm will request for the fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your case and the number of family members included in your refugee application. Simpler cases will attract lower fees, while more complicated files demand higher fees.

We believe that our fixed fee system is more advantageous to our clients as opposed to the usual per hour lawyer fee structure. This is because under our fixed fee system, you will know from the very beginning the exact dollar amount that your refugee application will cost. This means that there will not be any hidden fees, and your legal costs will always be controlled as the Firm will never charge you more than the agreed upon fixed fee.

Find Refuge and Safety in Canada

Your quest for asylum and protection within Canada’s borders is a journey we are deeply committed to facilitating. Call Now at 778-653-3995 to schedule your initial consultation. Our dedicated professionals specialize in advocating for individuals seeking refugee status and humanitarian relief. We stand by your side every step of the way, ensuring you receive the comprehensive support and personalized guidance needed to secure your sanctuary in Canada.


  • R. v. A.M. (2023) Case

    Client faced severe charges of sexual assault, assault by choking, and uttering threats, with the potential for a long-term jail sentence if convicted. The case proceeded to a weeks-long trial before a jury in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, involving high stakes for the client. After an intense three-day cross-examination of the complainant, the jury returned a unanimous verdict: Not Guilty on all charges.

    Client fully acquitted after trial

  • R. v. S.S. (2023)

    In a complex case involving multiple allegations of serious sexual assault, the matter was set for a a jury trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Recognizing what was at stake, Mr. Vayeghan took a strategic, results-oriented approach. The Firm engaged in months-long negotiations with the Crown, successfully identifying weaknesses in their case. Ultimately, all sexual assault charges were dropped in favor of a Peace Bond, allowing our client to avoid a criminal record.

    Peace Bond Imposed. No Criminal Record. Sexual Assault Charges Dropped.

  • R. v. S.R. (2023)

    Client was charged with a significant drug trafficking offense in British Columbia, with the potential for a lengthy jail sentence. Our legal team engaged in an extensive Charter challenge, questioning the validity of the police search and arrest procedures. Following comprehensive negotiations with the Crown, a Stay of Proceedings was directed on all charges.

    All charges dropped, Stay of Proceedings issued.

  • X. v. Canada (2023)

    Client fleeing political persecution for leading a mass protest campaign against the governing military dictatorship of her home country. Client sought political asylum in Canada

    Client is successful in her asylum claim. Asylum Granted.

  • R. v. J.L. (2022)

    Client facing a serious allegation of aggravated assault. Client at risk of a long-term jail sentence if convicted. Matter proceeded to trial before a judge and jury at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. During a lengthy trial, the jury heard arguments on self-defence.

    Acquittal: Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault. No Criminal Record.

  • B.C. Securities Commission v. J. V. (2021)

    Client accused of participating in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme involving international market manipulation. Through extensive negotiations with the Director of the BC Securities Commission, client walked away with a minimal fine and no criminal law

    No Criminal Record.


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    N. D.

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