How to Apply as a Community Sponsor

How to Apply as a Community Sponsor in Canada

Community groups, such as an organization, a corporation, or an association, have the ability to sponsor refugees to come to Canada, acting as a community sponsor in Canada.  The community group is not required to be incorporated under federal or provincial law.

During the length of the sponsorship, which is usually one year, a community sponsor in Canada needs to support the refugee financially and emotionally.  The number of refugees sponsored affects the amount of money required.

A community sponsor in Canada needs to be located in the community where the refugees are planning to live.

If a community sponsor in Canada decides to form a partnership with another organization or an individual, they would collectively be known as co-sponsors.  Together, they would share the supportive responsibilities, and agree to provide settlement assistance for the sponsored refugee.

How to apply as a community sponsor in Canada

The following steps will guide you through the application process.

1.  Acquire an application package

All the forms and a guide to the application will be in the package.  You can download it here.

2.  Fill in the application

Be sure to carefully read the instructions.  Complete the forms with detail and accuracy.  It is possible to complete many of the forms on your computer, otherwise you need to print them out and use a typewriter or print legibly in black ink.  If you do use your computer, you will not be able to save your information, so print the form after completing it.

Make a photocopy of the blank forms so you can use one as a working copy that you can keep for your records.

Don’t forget to add a date and signature to the forms.

The following forms must be completed:

  • Undertaking/Application to Community Sponsors
  • Settlement Plan and Financial Assessment – Community Sponsors.  CIC will decide if the information you provide on the form indicates that your organization can offer the proper financial support for the refugee(s) to be successful in Canada.
  • Sponsor Assessment.  The president or executive director of the community sponsor organization, along with the representative of any co-sponsors, must complete this form.
  • Document Checklist
  • Use of a Representative.  If you are planning on using a representative to assist you when applying, you need to fill in this form

3.  Determine if you are interested in a refugee profile

It is possible for a community sponsor in Canada to choose to sponsor a refugee or refugee family from another country, such as a community member’s friend or a refugee that has been referred by a contact from another country.  This is referred to as a “sponsor-referred refugee”.  Visa officers in the respective country will decide if the sponsor-referred refugee is eligible for Canada’s refugee and humanitarian resettlement program.

Another option is a “visa office-referred” refugee, where a refugee has qualified and has been selected, but needs a private sponsor prior to coming to Canada.  You would to request a refugee profile in this case.

You can choose the refugee(s) to sponsor by downloading profiles through a secure website, or by requesting a profile through CIC’s Matching Centre.

4.  Learn where to send your application

Find the CIC Centre that is closest to the community where the refugee will live, and send the application there.

5.  Go over your application and send it

Your application will be delayed if you don’t include all the information, so ensure that you sign and date the forms where applicable, and include the necessary documents.  Above the CIC address, print “Private Sponsorship Counsellor” on the envelope, and include your return mailing address.

There is more than simply knowing how to apply as a community sponsor in Canada – you might need help with the application itself.

With so many aspects to fulfill correctly, an application is often inadvertently incomplete when submitted.  In order to avoid any issues with the application process, you can enlist the help of an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer who can confirm that you follow the proper procedure.

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