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Latest Policy & Program Updates

  • Summary of Financial Benefits Available Under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Multi-Language)

    Available in the following languages: English; French; Amharic; Arabic; Armenian; Dari; Somali; Spanish; and, Tigrinya.

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  • RSTP services to sponsors continue virtually

    March 31, 2020 RSTP continues to provide a full range of virtual services to Canada’s refugee sponsorship community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check our website, www.rstp.ca, for dates and times of upcoming online workshops and courses. RSTP trainers across Canada are available for virtual consultation from 9 to 5 each day, by appointment. Among […]

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  • COVID-19: ROC-O Update on Refugee Arrivals

    Following the announcement of the Prime Minister on March 16, 2020, travel to Canada has been restricted in response to COVID-19, allowing entry only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with certain exceptions. Detailed information on these exceptions have been outlined and include family members of Canadian citizens and residents, and foreign nationals, including privately-sponsored refugees […]

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  • COVID-19 – Update from IRCC on submission of refugee sponsorship applications

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, IRCC offices have scaled down their services to the public as of March 17, 2020. Following the directive of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer and local health authorities, all ROC-O employees are teleworking in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Due to the current disruption to normal operations, […]

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  • Read our new COVID-19 Fact Sheet

    Read our new COVID-19 Fact Sheet

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  • Updates to the Immigration Loans Program (ILP)

    We are happy to report that the Immigration Loans Program (ILP) delivery instructions has been recently updated and posted on the Canada.ca website, as a courtesy to stakeholders. The ILP provides eligible immigrants, who are mainly refugees selected for resettlement to Canada, with access to funding that would otherwise not be available to them. Loans […]

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  • IRCC message for sponsors regarding upcoming RAP rate increase

    This is to inform you that the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) is moderately increasing its rates in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario to align with provincial social assistance rates. In addition to the updated rates in the three provinces noted above, the transportation allowance will also be raised to $75 per month in all communities […]

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  • Procedures Regarding Residency Requirements for Private Sponsorship

    RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS & OBLIGATIONS As per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) 153(1)(a), a sponsor must reside or have representatives in the refugee’s expected community of settlement. To meet the residency requirements of sponsorship: For Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH): Either the SAH and/or Constituent Group (CG) is located in the community of settlement; or […]

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  • Updated Schedule 2- Refugees Outside Of Canada

    Effective January 1st, 2019, IRCC will only accept the new version of the Schedule 2–Refugees Outside Canada that is available on its website – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/applying-convention-refugee-humanitarian-protected-person-abroad.html . Please note that applications submitted with the incorrect version of the Schedule 2 will be returned without processing.

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  • IMPORTANT! New Sponsorship Forms and Guides

    May 01, 2018.  New sponsorship forms and guides come into effect today. There is a 30 day grace period for using the old forms and requirements (with the exception of Schedule 2). Applications submitted after June 01, 2018, that do not use the new forms or adhere to the new requirements will be returned or […]

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