Community Sponsors: About the process

Sponsor a refugee

Information for privately sponsored refugees

Some community organizations can sponsor refugees to come to Canada.

The organization must agree to give emotional and income support to the refugees for the full sponsorship period. This is usually one year.

Community Sponsors may only sponsor applicants who are recognized as refugees by either the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state.

The principal applicant MUST already have refugee status. Having refugee status means that an authorized body has found that a person meets its refugee definition. This authorized body can either be the UNHCR or the government of the country (i.e., foreign state) where the refugee is now living.

You must include the document proving recognized refugee status with the refugee sponsorship application you submit.

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