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Join Our Private Refugee Sponsorship Program 

Contact us in North York, Ontario to learn about all the ways you can help.

Information for Refugees

The information below gives you an idea whether or not you are eligible for our Private Refugee Sponsorship Program and are admissible to Canada. For help in determining your status as an applicant, contact Hope for Afghanistan Refugees & Immigrants in North York, Ontario via phone or email.

1. Are you eligible for private sponsorship in Canada?

Determine whether you qualify for refugee resettlement to Canada through the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program. Learn more about this program on our FAQ page.

Having a Sponsoring Group

Without a Group of Five, a Sponsorship Agreement Holder organization, or a Community Sponsor organization in Canada, you and your family will not be able to be privately sponsored to Canada. We can provide information and assistance sponsors who would like to get involved in the private sponsorship of refugees. 

2. Do you meet the basic eligibility?

You meet the basic eligibility criteria if you:

  • Live in a country other than your country of origin and Canada
  • Meet the definition of either Convention Refugee Abroad class or Country of Asylum class
  • Are not able or willing to return to live in your country of origin (voluntary return)
  • Are not able to integrate where you live now (local integration)
  • Have no other durable solution
  • Have the ability to settle successfully in Canada

If you are being sponsored by a Group of Five or Community Sponsor, you must also have:

  • Refugee Status as Recognized by the UNHCR or the State (Country of Asylum)
  • Documentary Proof of Such Status (e.g. UNHCR Mandate Letter)

The final decision is made by a Canadian Visa Officer by means of an interview with you and your family.

3. Are you admissible to Canada?

After a positive interview decision by the interviewing Visa Officer, the Canadian authorities will be conducting the following tests for you and each member of your family to determine whether you are admissible to Canada:

  • Medical Screening
  • Security Screening
  • Criminality Screening

You are considered inadmissible if you:

  • Pose a Threat to National Security
  • Have a History of Serious or Organized Crime
  • Have Committed Violations of International or Human Rights
  • Are a Danger to Public Health
  • Engage in Misrepresentation

To send an application, download and submit the necessary forms.

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