Assessment of sponsorship (PSR program)


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 sponsor must demonstrate the ability to support identified refugees. Requirements vary by sponsorship type. A re-assessment of sponsorship may be required if their situation changes. The decision on a sponsor impacts the final resettlement decision for a refugee.

Assessment of sponsor

Basic background checks done for all sponsors.

Residency of Sponsorship
High-level description of residency requirements including use of representatives.

Undertaking, settlement plan and financial capacity
High-level description to confirm how sponsors are evaluated to ensure they can provide required support to identified refugees.

Next steps for refugee after sponsorship decision

When assessment of sponsor is completed
Next processing steps for refugee after sponsor is approved or refused.

When sponsor withdraws
Next steps for refugee when sponsor withdraws.

When approved sponsor is re-assessed due to changes in circumstances
Next steps for refugee when sponsorship is re-assessed due to changes in sponsor’s circumstances.

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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