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  • Update from IRCC: Procedures Regarding Residency Requirements for Private Sponsorship

    As a follow up to the Change of Destination Requests Bulletin: http://www.rstp.ca/en/refugee-sponsorship/latest-policy-program-update/change-of-destination-requests-2/ 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 […]

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  • Retention of approved, refused or withdrawn applications at ROC-O

    “Note from the IRCC: This is to inform you that ROC-O is not returning applications submitted via mail in the event the sponsorship application is approved, refused or withdrawn. This practice was implemented at CPO-W after consultations with ATIP. The reason for this is because IRCC is legally obliged to ensure that all records in […]

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  • Upcoming changes: New checklists and updated instruction guide for IMM5413

    IRCC will publish a new checklist and an updated IMM5413 PSR guide.  The guide containing the checklist will be published by July 31, 2017.  Following a one month grace period, the changes and new requirements outlined in the new checklist will be enforced on applications received on or after September 5, 2017. The highlights of […]

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  • Message from the UNHCR on the occasion of the World Refugee Day

    (Le message en français suit en bas)  Dear Sponsorship Agreement Holders, On the occasion of the World Refugee Day when we celebrate refugees and their achievements, we would like to profoundly thank you and your volunteers for your work in ensuring that additional refugees are resettled to Canada through your own tireless fundraising efforts and […]

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  • Requirements for co-sponsors and CGs on SAH applications

    Please be advised that as of June 1st, 2017,  a sponsor assessment form (IMM 5492) will be required for any CG representative and/or co-sponsor recorded on the SAH’s sponsorship undertaking. While this requirement is not new and is in fact stated in the Refugee Sponsorship Application Guide (IMM 5413), it was not previously enforced in […]

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  • Instructions on how to submit a sponsorship application via Email

    As a sponsoring group, you can submit a sponsorship application via email to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  Please follow these instructions to ensure that your application is processed without delays.  When compared with receiving applications via regular mail, this new process allows Resettlement Operations Centre in Ottawa (ROC–O) to save more than one hour […]

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  • Message to External Stakeholders on the Implementation of the Resettlement Operations Centre – Ottawa

      March 14, 2017 – The functions of the Centralized Processing Offices in Winnipeg and Vancouver (CPO-W and CPO-V) as well as the Matching Centre (MC) in Ottawa are being merged into the new Resettlement Operations Centre – Ottawa (ROC-O) as of April 1, 2017. Various organizational changes took place leading up to the creation […]

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  • Update from IRCC : Change of destination requests

    There are situations where a sponsor may request to change the intended final destination to Canada for their sponsored refugees.  In most cases, this occurs because of long wait times in some missions and the sponsor or co-sponsor is no longer residing in the community where the original Sponsorship Undertaking was approved.  These change requests […]

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  • Latest update from IRCC – End of the Temporary Public Policy to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors

    On December 19, 2016, a temporary public policy was put in place to enable Groups of Five and Community Sponsors to submit applications to sponsor up 1,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees. We have now reached that limit and the public policy has ended. Applications received after this limit was reached will be returned as incomplete […]

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  • Latest Update from IRCC – Changes to CPO-W Processing Timelines

    Please note a change in processing timelines at CPO-W. If an application submitted to CPO-W is missing information, the sponsor will be provided with 30 days, rather than 60 days, to submit the requested information. If the requested information is not received or if an extension is not requested within 30 days, a final 15-day […]

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