Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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4. Who can be sponsored?

PLEASE NOTE: Groups of Five can only sponsor persons who have already been formally recognized or accepted as refugees by the government of a country or UNHCR and they must include proof of this status (in the form of a copy of their refugee status document) with the application package. If you are unsure whether the document issued to the refugees will be accepted as proof of refugee status for a Group of Five application, please contact your nearest RSTP Trainer.

The refugees you want to sponsor must meet the eligibility criteria of the PSR program and must also be admissible to Canada, in addition to having a Group of Five who is willing to sponsor them.

As noted above, the refugee whom your Group of Five would like to sponsor must have already been recognized or accepted as a refugee by either the government of a country or UNHCR and they must include a copy of their refugee status document with the application package. If the refugees you would like to sponsor have not been recognized or accepted as refugees by the government of a country or UNHCR, they cannot be sponsored by a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor. However, they can be sponsored by a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH).

Please click here for information on how to sponsor refugees that have not been recognized or accepted as refugees with the assistance of a SAH.

Generally speaking, refugees sponsored under the PSR program are persons who have left their country of nationality or country of habitual residence (if they are stateless); who would be at risk of persecution or suffering human rights violations if they were to return to their country of nationality or country of habitual residence; who are not able to live safely in the country they are currently in; and, who have no other options available to them.

For detailed information on the eligibility and admissibility requirements that refugees sponsored under the PSR program have to meet, please click here.

When considering to sponsor a refugee under the PSR program as a Group of Five, it may be helpful to ask the following questions to better understand whether they are eligible for sponsorship:

  • Are the refugees outside their country of nationality or their country of habitual residence (if there are stateless)?
  • Do the refugees meet the definition of the Convention Refugee Abroad Class or the Country of Asylum Class?
  • Have the refugees been recognized or accepted as refugees by the government of a country or UNHCR?
  • Can the refugees safely return to their country of nationality or their country of habitual residence and live their in safety in with dignity?
  • Can the refugees stay in the country they are currently in (the country of asylum) and what rights do they have in the country they are currently in?
  • Do the refugees have an offer of resettlement to a country already available to them?
  • Is resettlement to Canada the only possible durable solution that is available to them in a reasonable period of time?

If you have any questions on whether the refugees you would like to sponsor under the PSR program as a Group of Five are eligible to be sponsored, please contact your nearest RSTP Trainer.

Quick fact:

Refugees who are already in Canada are not eligible to be sponsored through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

Remember:

Eligibility is only the first step in determining whether someone qualifies for resettlement to Canada as a refugee. After a positive decision on eligibility, visa officers must determine whether the person is admissible (has passed medical, criminality and security checks).

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