The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program (PSR) is unique to Canada and gives Canadians the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the welcome and integration of refugees to Canada. There are 3 types of private sponsors in the PSR program along with government-funded organizations that train and support both sponsors and newcomers.
A Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) is an organization that has an agreement with the Government of Canada permitting them to resettle refugees through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program.
There is no application fee to submit an application through the private sponsorship program. However, there must be a proof of funds submitted with each application. These funds, held in trust by our partner Sponsorship Agreement Holder MOSAIC, are used to support the newcomer(s) during their first year in Canada.
Settlement teams play an important role in providing friendship and emotional support to refugees before they arrive. Once refugees arrive in Canada, settlement teams commit to welcoming and supporting the refugee during their first year with lodging, care and assistance with things such as orientation and employment.
Private sponsorship means that a Sponsorship Agreement Holder or a group of Canadians has agreed to submit an application for you to come to Canada. These groups have committed to provide you with financial and settlement support for the period of your settlement, which is typically one year after you arrive in Canada. During this period you have certain rights but also responsibilities.
If family members are not able to accompany the refugee when they come to Canada there may be the possibility for eligible family members to apply to Canada through the “One Year Window” provision. Eligible family members include a spouse or common-law partner (including same-sex partners) and any dependent children aged 22 or under at the time the application is submitted.
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