Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
This guide is being updated. The new version will be available this summer.
As of May 1, 2018, new forms and guides have come into effect, for the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program. These documents apply to all PSR streams including Sponsorship Agreement Holders, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.
There is a 30-day grace period. After June 1, 2018, we will either return or refuse any applications not submitted on the new forms. We won’t return refused applications.
This publication is intended for private sponsors (i.e., Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) and their Constituent Groups (CG), Groups of Five (G5) and Community Sponsors (CS)) in Canada who are interested in sponsoring refugees from abroad.
Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Private sponsorship of refugees program
- 2.1 Who may be sponsored?
- 2.2 Who may not be sponsored?
- 2.3 Who may submit a private sponsorship?
- 2.4 Who may not submit a private sponsorship?
- 2.5 How is a sponsoring group formed?
- 2.6 What are the responsibilities of the sponsoring group?
- 2.7 How much financial support will be required?
- 2.8 Are there any extra costs?
- 2.9 How is a match made between a sponsoring group and a refugee?
- 2.10 What is a non-accompanying family member and the One Year Window of Opportunity?
- 2.11 What is a de facto dependant?
- 2.12 Addition of a dependant to an application
- 2.13 How does a group begin the sponsorship process?
- 2.14 IMM 6000 application kit
- 2.15 How to submit a sponsorship application via email
- 2.16 How is the application processed?
- 2.17 How can I obtain information on the processing status of the sponsorship and refugee application?
- 2.18 What are the refugee’s responsibilities?
- 2.19 When will the refugee arrive?
- 2.20 Other useful information
- 3. Additional sponsorship opportunities
- 4. Where do I send information and where should I go for information?
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