Sponsorship Agreement Holders Guide

On March 30, 2020, we updated the application process for sponsorship contract holders. You have until 30 June 2020 to submit an application. Pursuant to section 156(1), the following persons are not permitted to participate in a sponsorship: these guidelines are intended to assist sponsoring groups in planning sponsorship fees in the preparation of their sponsorship applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Detailed information on post-arrival financial assistance can be found in frequently asked questions about the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) – Financial Assistance After The Arrival of RSPs (PDF, 61.1 KB). Do not use this form to nominate sponsors to meet residency requirements. Instead, use the IMM 5956 Appointment of Representatives in the Expected Housing Community form. There are two different types of financial accounts that can be set up by sponsors: 1) a formal trust fund; or 2) funds deposited in a chequing or savings account with a Canadian financial institution (funds held in trust). Both types of accounts can be funded by individuals, groups and organizations, but refugees cannot contribute. If the refugee is not accepted for resettlement to Canada, the funds held in trust for the sponsorship of that refugee, including all accrued interest, must be returned to the contributors.

This section should be carefully read and understood by all parties to the sponsorship. Quebec has its own process for sponsoring refugees. For Quebec sponsorships, go to the sponsorship of refugees in Quebec. .

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