Blended Visa Office-Referred Program: After you apply to sponsor a refugee

How we process your application

After we make a decision on your sponsorship application, we’ll send you an approval or refusal letter.

If we approve your application, we’ll

  • issue a visa to each refugee you’re sponsoring and
  • contact the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to arrange their travel to Canada

If we don’t approve your application, we’ll send you a letter telling you why.

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) can help you choose a new profile and re-apply, if you still want to sponsor.

Prepare for arrival

Refugees typically land in Canada within 4 to 10 weeks, after we finalize an application. In some cases, they’re ready to travel sooner.

We’ll send you a Notification of Arrival Transmission (NAT) at least 10 business days before the refugees arrive in Canada.

The RSTP can help you prepare for the arrival, including initiating communication with the refugees you’re sponsoring. They offer a range of training sessions to

  • guide you through your sponsorship journey and
  • direct you to resources that will help you get ready

Update your information

Tell us right away if your address or phone number changes after you apply. Make sure to also include

  • your application number (a “G” followed by 9 numbers)
  • a contact name
  • an email address
  • a phone number or fax number where we can reach you

How to update your information as a Group of Five or community sponsor

Email us at

How to update your information as a sponsorship agreement holder (SAH)

Email us at

Withdraw your application

If you want to withdraw your sponsorship application, email us at

In your message, include

  • your application number (a “G” followed by 9 numbers)
  • the sponsoring group you are a part of
  • the reason you want to withdraw your application

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