Changes to Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) for the Nagorno-Karabakh Region of Azerbaijan

Ottawa, March 14, 2024—The ongoing situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan raises concerns about potential risks for individuals returning to the area. In light of this, significant changes have been made to the pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) process for individuals from this region.

Who is Eligible?

  • Individuals from the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan who received a negative final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or the Federal Court between March 15, 2023, and March 14, 2024, may now be eligible to apply for a PRRA.
  • Those who received a final PRRA decision from IRCC during the same period may also qualify to apply.

Special Circumstances

Under normal circumstances, individuals are not eligible to apply for a PRRA for 12 months following a negative decision. However, due to the specific situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, this restriction has been waived for the specified period.

Application Process

  • Eligible individuals will be informed by the Canada Border Services Agency if they can apply for a PRRA, provided they are currently subject to an enforceable removal order.
  • Applicants are responsible for keeping their PRRA application updated and informing IRCC of any changes.
  • It’s essential to note that being eligible for a PRRA does not guarantee a positive outcome. Each case will be assessed individually by IRCC officers based on the information provided.


  • Individuals from the Nagorno-Karabakh region who receive a final negative decision after March 14, 2024, will not be eligible to apply for a PRRA for the following 12 months. This is because recent changes in country conditions would have been considered during the refugee claim or PRRA process.

These changes aim to provide necessary support and protection for individuals from the Nagorno-Karabakh region amidst ongoing challenges. For more information and updates, please visit the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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