The people who are unable to stay in their country for various reasons are called refugees. These refugee families, these children, these unaccompanied minors fled the war, their family, their homeland, in search of security and a better future.
Refugee Sponsorship aims to facilitate the integration of refugees, a crucial step in building a harmonious society that is not afraid of difference.
Who can sponsor a refugee?
Anyone who is a citizen of Canada or has a PR status can sponsor refugees. Refugee sponsorship is possible with three types of sponsors: Sponsorship agreement holder, Community sponsors, and groups of five.
However, Sponsors have to meet certain conditions to be approved, including:
- Is 18 years or more
- Have not been convicted of crimes of any kind
How to apply for sponsorship:
To sponsor a refugee, both the sponsor and refugee have to apply. The sponsor will have to apply, referring to the person he or she wants to sponsor. The authority will make sure if the group or community is eligible to sponsor.
Both the applications of sponsors and refugees will be sent to evaluate. The ROC-O will get the sponsorship part. Here, the authority will assess the applications. If there is any incomplete part, the sponsor will get back the form.
On the other hand, the refugee part of the application will go to overseas migration offices. Here they will review the application, interview the nominee, and check for eligibility.
If selected, the refugee will get a visa. They will get time before they leave Canada, where the sponsor will be waiting.
It depends on the country of origin. The average time taken is 30 to 45 days after applying, whereas the sponsorship program will continue for 12 months. The refugee will have to be self-sufficient before that.