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1. Group Eligibility

Find out if you can be a member of a Group of Five and/or whether your group can sponsor refugees…

To be eligible to sponsor as a Group of Five, you need 5 people. Each member of the group must:

  • be 18 years of age or older,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
  • reside in the community where the refugee will live, and
  • make a commitment to support the refugee financially and with settlement support for the duration of the sponsorship period (usually 12 months from the time of their arrival in Canada).
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Some people cannot participate in a Group of Five sponsorship. Persons are ineligible to sponsor refugees as a Group of Five if they:

  • have been convicted inside or outside Canada of a serious criminal offence as set out in Schedule I or II of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, if a period of five years has not elapsed since completion of the sentence; or
  • are in default of any court-ordered support payments (i.e. child support or a previous sponsorship); or
  • are subject to a removal order; or
  • are subject to a revocation proceeding under the Citizenship Act; or
  • are detained in any penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison.

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