Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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Advanced E-Training

Eligibility And Admissibility Considerations Related To The Private Sponsorship Of Refugees

The RSTP offers this advanced online training course on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program to enhance students’ understanding of the international context surrounding the PSR Program as a tool of refugee protection. It builds on the introductory e-training course, Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, offered by the RSTP. The focus of this advanced training is to provide more detailed information on screening applicants for eligibility and admissibility.


Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (IET101) online course


The online course is divided into five modules covering the following topics:

Module 1: Overview of refugee resettlement and international framework

  • UNHCR’s role and responsibilities in protecting refugees
  • Assessing durable solutions: Are some preferred over others?
  • The strategic use of resettlement as a tool of protection

Module 2: Canadian refugees and humanitarian resettlement program

  • The Canadian legal framework for protecting refugees and eligibility criteria
  • Defining Convention Refugee Abroad Class and Country of Asylum Class
  • Assessing the credibility of a refugee applicant

Module 3: Assessing other durable solutions and ability to successfully establish

  • Verifying that lack of other durable solutions
  • Assessing local integration in the country of asylum (in signatory and non-signatory countries)
  • How to determine a refugee’s ‘ability to establish’ in Canada

Module 4: Understanding the admissibility criteria

  • The Canadian legal basis and policies behind screening for admissibility
  • Conducting criminal, security, and health inadmissibility screening
  • How do you distinguish a common law crime from a political crime?

Module 5: UNHCR registration and referrals process and Private Sponsorship of Refugees

  • The role of the UNHCR in refugee status determination
  • How does the UNHCR referral feed into the Canadian resettlement program?
  • VOR and JAS sponsorships processes

Who this e-training course is for

This course is intended for those who have existing knowledge and/or experience with the Canadian refugee resettlement program. In contrast to the Introductory course on Private Sponsorship of Refugees, it is assumed that participants have some pre-existing knowledge of the global refugee context and private refugee sponsorship in Canada. It is not recommended for people who are new to refugee sponsorship.

Overall, this course provides an opportunity for individuals to enhance their understanding of the international resettlement framework and Canada’s resettlement program. Using detailed questions and case-based scenarios, this course helps to build the necessary skills for assessing resettlement as a durable solution and screening applicants for eligibility, admissibility and ability to successfully establish in Canada.

Please note that completion of the Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (IET101) online course is a requirement for enrollment in the advanced online training course. A good written command of English and basic internet and computer literacy are also required for this course.


The course is offered to all participants free of charge.

Course Timeline & Completion

The course is designed to be taken independently. Once participants register, they will have access to all the course material online and can complete the modules and quizzes at their own pace. To receive a course Certificate, the course must be completed successfully within fifteen weeks after the date of enrollment.

Download the course syllabus here: AET201 Course Syllabus (pdf)


To register, please visit Make sure to select the correct course from the drop-down menu upon registration. You will be enrolled within 2 – 5 business days of registering.