The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is an administrative tribunal and is responsible for making decisions on immigration and refugee matters. The IRB is independent from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Nationally, the IRB is organized into three regions: Central, Eastern, and Western regions. The IRB in Vancouver is in the Western region and is located at Library Square (300 West Georgia Street).

The IRB has four divisions to deal with different types of immigration and refugee cases:

The Immigration Division conducts admissibility hearings and detention reviews.

The Immigration Appeal Division hears appeals related to sponsorships, removal orders, residency obligations and appeals made by the Minister.

The Refugee Protection Division decides claims for refugee protection as well as cases involving loss of refugee status by way of cessation or vacation.

The Refugee Appeal Division considers appeals of decisions from the Refugee Protection Division.