Refugees Outside Canada

Refugees Outside Canada

Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program (RHR)

This program is meant for people who are not in Canada yet and are seeking protection. The refugees come to Canada directly from their country, a refugee camp or another country. The process to allow them to come to Canada is the same. Each resettlement case is screened carefully to determine that they do not have any criminal, security or health issues.

On top of this program, here is also 2 other programs that complete RHR:

  • Private sponsors
  • Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program

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Canada and its citizens are proud to be compassionate and fair. They demonstrate these values in the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program. This program is meant for refugees (people who are force to flee). Every year, Canada takes in around 1 out of 10 refugees. Canada’s program has an international reputation because it leads to a permanent residence in the country.

When Canada selects a refugee to welcome, the government also provide a variety of services to help resettle. The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provides essential and immediate services for the first six weeks. There are also many private sponsors that are willing to help emotionally and/or financially.

Syrian and Iraqi refugees
Canada is aware of the situation that has lead to more refugees than usual from Syria. That is why the process for Syrian refugees is accelerated. Canada makes effort to respond to the impact of the Syrian War by creating the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. There are also three ways for Canadians to sponsor a Syrian or Iraqi refugee:
– Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs)
– Groups of Five (G5)
– Community sponsors (CSs)
– Refugee sponsorship in Quebec (Program for the province of Quebec only)

What is private sponsorship
It is when an individual or a group submit an application for a specific refugee family to the government of Canada. In this case, the individual or all the members of the group in Canada are responsible for covering the cost of the resettlement.

Application process

The refugee applicant should complete immigration forms and include photos and any relevant supporting document. Then, the forms will be processed by the following offices (depending of the region where the refugee is, the process could take from 6 months to 2 years):
– Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) of Québec
– Centralized Processing Office – Winnipeg (CPO-W)
– Visa office covering the region where the refugee is living

Criteria to evaluate candidates:

– Is the candidate in Canada?
– Can the candidate commit the time, energy and money that are needed to resettle one or many refugees?
– Is the refugee likely to meet the criteria of the definition used to determine refugee status by the Canadian government?

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