What We Do?


IRQR is a registered charity in Canada. Since 2008, IRQR’s provisions of support and counseling have become a reliable source of help for people who are seeking to move on from past persecution. Through IRQR clients will gain confidence, and develop lasting support networks, as well as increasing their chance of being successfully resettled and accepted in their new home.

We provide support and counseling to Iranian queers worldwide.This support includes but is not subject to; financial aid for shelter, food and healthcare. IRQR follows up with their  queer refugee cases from when leave until they arrive in a safe country and are supportive during the entire refugee process.

Our goal is to eliminate Iranian queer issues as part of mainstream human rights discourse. This will be completed though media presence, contributions to high profile events. IRQR regularly visits to Turkey to meet refugees, document their situation and collect their feedback on IRQR activities. We have witnessed significant changes among the Iranian society in that last ten years, which confirms that it is achievable.

As of December 2015, IRQR was able to help process more than 1200 refugee applications since 2005. Approximately 83% of refugees who approached IRQR were successfully granted refugee status. We provide consultations to about 90 clients per week;this includes working with queer people who currently live in Iran, Iran’s neighboring countries such as Turkey and in Canada. IRQR has worked closely with UNHCR office, NGOs and the government to assist refugees.

Whenever possible IRQR extends financial and educational support to those currently in transit countries through donations. We connect asylum seekers and refugees with UNHCR offices around the world. IRQR has a commitment to help refugees resettle in safe countries though referrals for housing, employment, legal aid; as well as supporting clients through emotional and health related issues.

In the last few years, we were able to build a simple structure and focus upon enabling Iranian queer asylum seekers to be safe on their journey and arrive in a new country to live and be free.


IRQR’s Success

Since its founding, IRQR has helped more than 1500 refugee with an average of 166 applications per year. We provide consultations to 90 clients per week; including work with LGBT clients in Turkey and recently arrived in Canada. IRQR has established close working relationships with the UNHCR, the Canadian Embassy in Turkey, and other NGOs to assist refugees throughout the asylum process.

IRQR Applicants

As of December 2015
As of December 2015


IRQR’s Success Rate

As of December 2015
As of December 2015

Closed/Waiting for Resettlement: Asylum seekers who was granted refugee status and they will be resettled in a safe country like Canada and the USA soon or they already resettled and their file are successfully closed.

We assist with the completion of  immigration forms, counseling for the immigration interview, expediting the embassy’s processing of files where too much time is required, resolving case issues and bureaucratic hurdles, follows up with government agencies where can, at times, take up to two years delay, and provide resources about settlement in Canada and the USA, and counseling about what to expect, how to adapt to their new life.

IRQR is presently working to strengthen partnerships in resettlement countries to better provide post-settlement support to individuals granted resettlement in Canada and ease them through the transition to life in their new home.

Pre-UNHCR Decision: Those who left their country of origin and applied for asylum and they are either waiting for their registration, legal interview or UNHCR result.

IRQR responds to individual inquires made at the pre-UNHCR decision process. Individuals are provided with resources on all aspects of the process including: information required for registration and interview, reviews of applications for financial aid and authorizing temporary aid on case-by-case basis, process & logistics counseling to individuals, and interviewing prospective applicants.

Post-UNHCR Decision: Those who either were rejected by the UNHCR at first instance interview and they are in process of appeal or their file were closed at the UNHCR and they are in process of assessment for re-opening their file.

IRQR gives assistance during all stages of the UNHCR process. IRQR provides guidance on completing the forms and application package, provides affidavits to UNHCR on the individual’s behalf, preparations for interviews with UNHCR, completing assessment of vulnerabilities of refugees (remotely or in person), and ensures regular follow-up on cases.