The Tibetan Resettlement Initiative is not a traditional refugee sponsorship program; it is a public policy initiative that focuses on resettling displaced Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh (India) to Canada.
In response to an appeal by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Hon. Minister Jason Kenney announced in 2010 an initiative to resettle up to 1,000 displaced Tibetans over a period of five years. A temporary public policy was established in 2011 under 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Project Tibet Society is an incorporated organization that leads the implementation of this initiative based on a Memorandum Of Understanding that it has signed with the Government of Canada (CIC).
To be eligible for resettlement under this initiative, principal applicants and their dependants must:
- have been living in Arunachal Pradesh since before December 18, 2010
- be able to demonstrate their identity as displaced Tibetans
- be admissible
- be able to demonstrate an ability to establish in Canada, and
- be matched with a sponsoring group in Canada through Project Tibet Society.
Sponsorships can be done in partnership with an organization or as a Group of Five.
For more information, please consult the links and/or contact Project Tibet Society at 778-440-4683 or firstname.lastname@example.org