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Latest Policy & Program Updates

  • 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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  • Guidance on Post-Arrival Conversion of a BVOR Case to a JAS Case

    IRCC’s Operational Bulletin 646 outlines the criteria for BVOR to JAS conversions to be considered: A private sponsor or SPO can request the conversion of a BVOR case to a JAS case. However, conversions of BVOR to JAS are done only in exceptional circumstances and with the concurrence of the local IRCC office. Exceptional circumstances […]

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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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  • How does IRCC process privately sponsored refugee applications

    January 23, 2018 – The  IRCC has posted a new PSR processing fact sheet on its website . The fact sheet “explains the steps involved in processing a PSR application, and at which points in the process sponsors should expect to hear from IRCC about their applications. Content also includes specific questions that IRCC has […]

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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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