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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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  • Latest Update from IRCC – Changes to Application Submissions and Processing at CPO-W

    As of August 18, 2016, the temporary facilitative measures previously put in place at CPO-W for Syrian and Iraqi PSR applications have now been changed.  Additionally, some of the special measures that were been in place have been expanded as best practices for all sponsored populations and all sponsoring groups (SAHs, Groups of Five and Community […]

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  • Latest Update from IRCC – In the event of a Canada Post Postal Strike

    (Le français suit l’anglais) Important message for RAP clients and the organizations that assist them: Potential Canada Post Postal Strike As you may be aware, there could soon be a disruption to Canada Post delivery service. What should you do in the event that there is a strike, lockout or other disruption? To ensure the […]

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  • Latest Update from IRCC – Expanded 2016 PSR Arrivals

    As of June 1, 2016, IOM restrictions on late night and weekend refugee arrivals will be lifted for Syrian GARs and PSRs (all populations) over the remainder of 2016, with the exception of cases going to the province of Quebec. Sponsorship Agreement Holders, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors should therefore be ready to receive […]

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