There are many parts to the application process, some of which happen in Canada, and some of which occur overseas at the Canadian visa office. Unfortunately, private sponsorship is not a quick process and there is no exact timeline for how long each step will last. But we hope this step-by-step outline will make the process a little more clear.
Settlement teams (or in the Canadian government’s language, “sponsors”) are responsible for providing social and emotional support to newcomers upon their arrival to Canada for a period of one year. Settlement teams provide two types of support: pre-arrival and post-arrival.
Operation #NotForgotten is a partnership between MOSAIC (a Sponsorship Agreement Holder based in Vancouver), Ads Up Canada and the Refugee Council of Australia, in cooperation with UNHCR Australia. Begun in 2019, it offers an alternative pathway and durable solution for refugees who have been indefinitely detained on PNG or Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing system since 2013.
Operation #NotForgotten (ONF) is a private (not government) sponsorship effort for those who sought asylum in Australia and were forcibly detained on either Manus or Nauru since 2013. It includes those who were detained on Manus or Nauru and then transferred to Australia.
Every day we are contacted by refugees from all over the world who want to be privately sponsored to Canada. The hard truth is that there are no easy ways to come to Canada as a refugee. But here are three main ways that refugees abroad can try to come to Canada.
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.
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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