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.

Resettle from outside Canada

Eligibility requirements, resettlement programs, processing times, what to do after you apply and what to expect when you get to Canada

Sponsor a refugee

Sponsorship agreement holders, the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program, groups of five, community sponsors and the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program

Claim refugee protection from inside Canada

Applications for those who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to return to their home country

Find services available to refugees in Canada

Health care, help to adjust to Canada, financial assistance and refugee rights

Appeal a refugee claim

Refugee appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division

Helping Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Government of Canada’s commitments to refugees, how to sponsor a refugee

Refugee system in Canada

Programs for people seeking protection and resettlement services

What we are doing

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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