Immigration Appeal Division to Pilot the Use of Videoconference for Remote Testimony

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

In March 2017, the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) will be launching a six-month Remote Testimony by Videoconference Pilot Project in its Central (Toronto) regional office to provide counsel with the opportunity to use videoconferencing services to have appellants, applicants or other witnesses testify in selected sponsorship or residency obligation appeals.

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Apart from testing the technical facilities, the objective of the pilot is to enhance the effectiveness of delivering testimony remotely, in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the hearing. This will be assessed from the perspective of all the hearing’s participants.