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Canada Refugee Sponsorship Programs

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Refugee Sponsorship Programs in Canada

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program in Canada helps huge number of refugees every year. You can sponsor the refugees from other countries who are able to qualify to come to Canada. As a sponsor it will be your responsibility to take care of your sponsored refugee.



The millions of people immigrate to Canada every year, after being forced to leave their home and the motherland. There are various reasons behind such immigration, i.e. to avoid persecution, war, human rights abuses and so on. Such forced immigrants are called Refugees. In most of the cases these people never return home.

Its commendable initiative on the part of the Canadian Government to welcome such huge number of Refugee immigrants to their country and make the special arrangements as well for the proper care and resettlement of the Refugees in Canada.

How to Sponsor a Refugee?

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program helps huge number of refugees every year. You can sponsor the refugees from other countries who are able to qualify to come to Canada. However, as a sponsor it will be your responsibility to take care of the refugee as a sponsor. Under these circumstances, below are the conditions applied to your refugee sponsorship.

  • It’s your responsibility to provide the financial as well as the emotional support to your sponsored refugees for the duration of sponsorship.
  • The support includes clothing, accommodation, food and other such vital things.
  • The sponsorship generally lasts for one year.
  • In some cases the refugees may be eligible for the support and assistance from their Sponsor up to three years.
  • The refugees must pass the medical exams and security checks and also need to qualify for entry under Canadian Law.

The Immigration status of the Privately Sponsored Refugee

  • When you enter in Canada, your sponsor shall welcome you at the port of Landing and help you about how to get settled.
  • When you enter in Canada, you will be given a document that says you can live in Canada permanently as a permanent resident.
  • This means it is legal for you to stay in Canada.
  • You will be allowed to work or study.
  • There are precise requirements for how long you must stay and be in Canada before you can apply for Canadian citizenship.
  • Once you fulfill all the requirements, you may apply to become a Canadian citizen.

What are the Various Refugee Sponsorship Programs?

There are various Refugee Sponsorship Programs currently running in Canada, through which millions of refugees immigrate to this part of the World. Let’s have an overview of these different programs:

Sponsorship Agreement Holders

In Canada there are a few groups, those have signed an agreement with the Government of Canada in order to help and support refugees from overseas, when they are trying to resettle in Canada. Such groups of people are called the Sponsorship Agreement Holders in Canada.

Groups of five

As per this particular program, the group of five or more Canadian Citizens or permanent residents above the age of 18 years is allowed to sponsor one or more refugees to visit Canada and settle in their area.

Blended Visa Office-Referred Program

The Blended Visa Office-Referred Program is meant for the refugees already identified for resettlement by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) with private sponsors in Canada.

Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program

As per this unique arrangement or program the various organizations can also work as partner with the CIC (Citizenship & Immigration Canada) to resettle refugees with special needs.

Community sponsors

As per the Community Sponsorship Program, a few community groups can also sponsor the refugees to come to Canada.

Sponsor in Quebec

The province of Quebec has its own process for refugee sponsorship. You may refer the CIC website to know the details about the Quebec Refugee Sponsorship Program.

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