Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

October 06, 2010 17:35 ET

Government of Canada Announces an Appointment to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - An appointment to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) was announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Doris Zicherman was appointed for a three-year term in the Montréal office, in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Zicherman was a legal advisor with the IRB. During her many years with the IRB, she held such positions as operations service manager – screening unit, operations service manager and Refugee hearing officer. Ms. Zicherman received her Bachelor of Arts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and a Masters in Law from the Université de Montréal.

Minister Kenney is committed to delivering on the Government of Canada's promise to fill vacancies on the Board with qualified individuals as quickly as possible after vacancies arise. Since October 2008, the Minister has made 75 appointments and 39 reappointments to the IRB. The IRB has been at 80% or above of its full complement since January 2009, and at 95% or above of its full complement since November 2009.

Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent administrative tribunal that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. The Board has three divisions – the Refugee Protection Division, the Immigration Appeal Division and the Immigration Division. The IRB determines refugee protection claims made in Canada, hears immigration appeals, and conducts admissibility hearings and detention reviews.

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