How to Apply as a Group of Five

How to Apply as a Group of Five Sponsors in Canada

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Five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents, known as a group of five sponsors in Canada, can collectively sponsor one or more refugees from another country to come to Canada.  Each member must be 18 years of age or older, and live in the community where the refugee would settle.

The group of five sponsors in Canada would provide financial and emotional support for the duration of the sponsorship, which is usually one year.  They must indicate a settlement plan and provide evidence that they can afford the costs of sponsorship.  The number of refugees sponsored would affect how much money is required.

How to apply as a group of five sponsors 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 should print them out and use a typewrite 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 Sponsor – Group of Five
  • Settlement Plan – Group of Five.  CIC will decide if the information you provide on the form indicates that your group can offer the proper financial support for the refugee(s) to be successful in Canada.  Each member of the group needs to agree to the plan.
  • Sponsor Assessment.  This form needs to be completed by every member of the group.
  • 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 group of five sponsors in Canada to choose to sponsor a refugee or refugee family from another country, such as a group 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.  The group of five sponsors in Canada would request a refugee profile in this case.

The group of five sponsors in Canada 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 group of five sponsors 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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