Apply for refugee status from outside of Canada_ Sponsorship Pathway

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Apply for refugee status from outside of Canada_ Sponsorship Pathway

To be considered for refugee status in Canada, referral from a recognized organization, such as the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a designated referral organization, or a private sponsorship group is required. Direct applications for refugee status will not be accepted.

Eligibility for refugee status is determined by falling into one of two refugee classes:

  1. Convention refugee abroad class: Individuals who are outside their home country and cannot return due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group (such as gender or sexual orientation) may be eligible for this class. These individuals can be sponsored by the Government of Canada, a group of people or an organization, or a combination of both. Additionally, those with the financial means to support themselves and their family after arrival in Canada may also be eligible, but still require referral from a recognized organization.
  2. Country of asylum class: Individuals who are outside their home country or the country where they normally reside and have been seriously affected by civil war or armed conflict, or have been denied basic human rights on an ongoing basis may be eligible for this class. These individuals can be privately sponsored, or may have the financial means to support themselves and their family after arrival in Canada but still require referral from a recognized organization.

 

The application process for refugee status includes completing an application package, undergoing a medical exam, and passing security and criminal background checks. It should be noted that the province of Quebec has its own procedures for selecting refugees abroad.

Individuals who have another stable option for protection, such as an offer of resettlement in another country, have obtained citizenship in another country, choose to return to their country of origin, or no longer have a reason for leaving their country of origin are not eligible for refugee status in Canada.

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Who is eligible to sponsor a Refugee?

To be eligible to sponsor a refugee, you must be part of one of the following groups in Canada:

  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs), who have signed agreements with the Government of Canada to support refugees upon their arrival;
  • Constituent Groups, who work with SAHs to sponsor refugees under the SAH’s agreement; Groups of Five, which consist of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents who sponsor refugees to settle in their communities; and
  • Community Sponsors, which include organizations, associations, or corporations that sponsor refugees.

It should be noted that the province of Quebec has its own process for sponsoring refugees.

What are the responsibilities of a group that has sponsored a refugee?

As a sponsor, your group will be responsible for providing support to the sponsored refugee for a specified period, typically up to one year. This support includes start-up costs such as furniture and clothing, as well as ongoing monthly expenses for basic necessities such as housing, food, and public transportation. Additionally, sponsors are expected to provide social and emotional support to the sponsored refugee.

What are the options for selecting a refugee to sponsor?

When selecting a refugee to sponsor, there are various options available:

  • Sponsors can choose from a pre-approved list of refugees through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program, which prioritizes the most vulnerable refugees and reduces the financial burden on sponsors.

 

  • The Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) program is also available for Sponsorship Agreement Holders and their Constituent Groups to sponsor refugees with special needs, with the Government of Canada providing financial assistance.

 

  • Sponsors can also choose to sponsor a specific refugee or refugee family that they know, but this option may result in a longer processing time and no financial assistance from the Government of Canada.

The specific process for sponsorship will depend on the type of sponsorship group you are a part of.

What are the benefits of utilizing the services of Vizard immigration firm’s assistant for your refugee sponsorship process?

 

Using our immigration firm assistant for your refugee process can provide a number of benefits. Some of the reasons to consider using our service include:

 

  • Expertise: Our team is made up of experienced immigration professionals who have a deep understanding of the refugee sponsorship process. They can guide you through the process, answer your questions, and help you avoid common mistakes.
  • Time-saving: The refugee sponsorship process can be complex and time-consuming. Our firm can help you navigate the process quickly and efficiently, allowing you to focus on other important aspects of your life.
  • Cost-effective: Our firm can help you save money by identifying and addressing potential issues early in the process, preventing delays and additional expenses.
  • Tailored support: Our team will work with you to understand your specific needs and tailor our support to meet those needs.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your sponsorship application is in the hands of experienced professionals can provide you with peace of mind and alleviate any stress or uncertainty about the process.

Overall, using our immigration firm assistant for your refugee process can help ensure that your application is handled in a professional and efficient manner, increasing the chances of success and saving you time and money.

 

Visit our website or contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment with our immigration firm. Our team of experts will be happy to assist you with your refugee process and provide you with the necessary guidance and support throughout the entire process.

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