Many people travelling to Canada intending to make refugee claims enter Canada and approach lawyers to file the claim "inland." While this option has the advantage of allowing the lawyer to prepare the initial paperwork of the claim properly, it is not ideal. At the refugee hearing, the Board may question why the claim was not made at the earliest opportunity. If the claimant's explanation is not considered satisfactory, this issue may damage a claimant's credibility or be taken as an indication of a lack of fear. It is therefore always advisable to make the claim at the earliest opportunity--at the airport. At the airport a claimant must be careful to answer all questions clearly and truthfully, as this information will be used later, in the hearing process. If the claim has not been made at the airport, but is being made inland, it is important to consult an experienced lawyer so that evidence and submissions can be prepared to explain the delay in claiming. The goal is to minimize any negative impact on the claim.