Refugees and asylum
Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada.
Sponsorship agreement holders, the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program, groups of five, community sponsors and the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program
Eligibility requirements, resettlement programs, processing times, what to do after you apply and what to expect when you get to Canada
Applications for those who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to return to their home country
Find out what Canada is doing to welcome Syrian refugees, how this initiative works and how Canadians can get involved
Programs for people seeking protection and resettlement services
Health care, help to adjust to Canada, financial assistance and refugee rights
Refugee appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division
How to avoid becoming a victim of immigration fraud, such as marriage fraud, document fraud and email and internet scams
What we are doing
- Apply to sponsor a refugee
- Request a refugee profile
- Apply as a protected person abroad
- Apply to sponsor a refugee under the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program
- Government-assisted refugees
- Privately sponsored refugees
- Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
- Refugees under the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program
Policies, acts and regulations
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Refugee Protection Division Rules
- Refugee Appeal Division Rules
- Interim Federal Health Program Policy
Learn about Canada’s role concerning refugees
Canada is recognized around the world for its leadership in offering a safe haven to people who need refugee protection. Find out what Canada is doing to help refugees.
Stories from former refugees
Watch inspirational stories from former refugees about coming to Canada.
Canada: A History of Refuge
Visit our online refugee exposition to learn more about refugees in Canada.
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