Blended Visa Office-Referred Program: After you apply

How we process your application

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

If we approve your application, we

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

Prepare for arrival

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

We tell you at least 10 business days before the refugees arrive in Canada by sending you a Notification of Arrival Transmission (NAT).

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) helps sponsorship groups complete their applications and prepare for the arrival of sponsored refugees. The RSTP provides resources and services to

  • Sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) and their Constituent Groups
  • Groups of Five
  • Community Sponsors

Update your information

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

  • your permanent residence 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 as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

Update your information using our Web form:

  1. In the drop-down menu for Type of application/enquiry, choose “Change of contact information”.
  2. In the drop-down menu for Relationship to applicant, choose “Sponsor”.

How to update as a sponsorship agreement holder

Update your information by emailing the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (

Withdraw your application

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

In your message, include

  • your permanent residence 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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