Protected Persons are individuals who hold a valid Verification of Status document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, or a valid Protected Persons Status Document issued prior to January 1, 2013. A decision letter (“Notice of Decision”) from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is also a valid form of identification. Protected Persons can include convention refugees, humanitarian-protected persons abroad, and persons in need of protection. A person in need of protection is a person in Canada whose removal to their country of nationality or former habitual residence will make them subject to the possibility of torture, risk of life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
A Protected Person is defined in subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).