Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR program)

(REF-OVS-2-3)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

A refugee may be eligible for the BVOR provision where both the Government of Canada and a private sponsor provides financial support with the sponsor providing additional settlement support for the year after the refugee arrives in Canada.

1. Assessment of potential for BVOR program (refugee)

Assessing potential for BVOR program
After eligibility for the GAR program has been confirmed, an assessment is done to evaluate if applicant(s) may be a potential candidate for the BVOR program.

Submitting candidate for sponsors’ review under BVOR program
After admissibility to Canada is confirmed, the case is identified to the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program for review by groups who wish to sponsor a refugee under the BVOR program.

2. Final selection for BVOR program (refugee and sponsor)

Making the final decision on sponsor under BVOR program
When a potential sponsor selects a case, the sponsor must submit an application to assess if they have the ability to provide adequate financial, emotional and settlement support as required by their sponsorship undertaking.

Making the final decision on selected program for resettlement (BVOR or GAR program)
When the decision for sponsorship is completed, or if no sponsorship is found, a final decision can be made to confirm if the applicant(s) can be resettled under the BVOR program or remain under the GAR program.

3. Arrangements for resettlement and support in Canada

Preparing refugee for departure to Canada (under BVOR program)
After the final decision is made and visa is approved, arrangements are made for departure.

Delivering support to resettled refugee (under BVOR)
After the client is admitted into Canada, the needed support to help with resettlement can be obtained.


Cases for priority or special processing
Considerations for assessing and processing special or priority case groups. Includes cases referred for urgent protection, vulnerable cases, public policies, applicants who are persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity expression (SOGIE-LGBTQI) and other groups requiring special attention.

Resettlement: Program delivery partners – roles and responsibilities
Key partners within and outside of IRCC and their respective responsibilities regarding resettlement.

For other processing stages, refer to:

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