Blended Visa Office-Referred Program: About the process
Sponsor a refugee
A special fund is available until September 17, 2018 to cover the costs of sponsoring refugees through the Blended Visa Office-Referred program. Qualifying Canadian groups will have sponsorship costs covered for up to 1,000 refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency.
The Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada.
- The UNHCR identifies the refugees.
- The Government of Canada gives up to six months of income support.
- Private sponsors give another six months of financial support. They also give up to a year of social and emotional support.
The Interim Federal Health Program provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits for refugees and refugee claimants until they become eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance or leave Canada.
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