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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 for a BVOR case to be converted to a JAS include the following:

  • Information regarding high medical or settlement needs is known only post-arrival (note: pre-arrival conversion to JAS or GAR [in situations when sponsor groups withdraw their sponsorship due to lack of capacity to support the higher medical needs] could be an option if this medical or settlement information is identified only at the Notification of Arrival Transmission [NAT] stage).
  • The case meets JAS criteria. Namely in that there is greater need of settlement assistance than there is for other GARs because of exceptional resettlement needs, such as the following:

    o          A physical or mental condition that could require treatment in Canada

    o          An unusual family configuration such as a single-parent family with several young children or a family consisting only of siblings, one or more of whom has assumed parental responsibilities

    o          Other special needs identified by the overseas office or an inland IRCC office)

  • Sponsor support is available (if the current sponsor does not have the capacity or experience, the case could be solicited to other sponsors in the community of settlement).
  • JAS would be in the best interest of the client.
    • Considerations:
      • JAS clients may receive additional support through services from RAP SPOs.
      • Sponsors may further support JAS clients by diverting financial resources to help cover additional medical costs that are not covered through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) or provincial health care programs.
      • There is potential to extend the sponsorship period beyond 12 months, if it is in the client’s best interest.

Sponsors who want to recommend a BVOR case to JAS should contact IRCC.INPSR-PPPRRI.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to request a Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) In-Canada Recommendation Form [IMM 5673]. Once completed the forms can be sent to the local IRCC office or the RAP mailbox, as indicated in the instructions on the form.

Reminder: only SAHs can sponsor JAS cases. If a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor recommends conversion of a BVOR case, they must partner with a SAH in order to continue sponsoring the case as a JAS.