Blended Visa Office-Referred Program: About the process

Sponsor a refugee

How the BVOR program works

Find out how the BVOR program benefits both sponsors and refugees.

The Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program makes it easier for private sponsors to help the most vulnerable refugees. The BVOR program

  • reduces the financial burden on private sponsors
  • connects sponsors with refugees we’ve already screened and interviewed, making them ready to travel sooner

The BVOR program works with refugee referral organizations, like the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Referral organizations identify refugees for resettlement. After we screen the refugees, the BVOR program connects them with private sponsors. Screening includes security and medical checks.

To support sponsors, we offer up to 6 months of financial support after refugees arrive in Canada.

Private sponsors

  • are responsible for associated start-up costs
  • need to give up to 6 months of financial support
  • need to give up to 1 year of social and emotional support
  • don’t need to cover the cost of BVOR refugees’ health care


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