Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program – Information for refugees

Under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program, refugees are referred to Canada for resettlement by a private sponsor.

Questions and answers

Are you a privately sponsored refugee?

Here are answers to a few questions you may have about sponsorship and costs. Available in six languages.

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Being a privately sponsored refugee means that a group of people in Canada has volunteered to help you adjust to life here. Your sponsorship group will help you find a place to live, give you food and clothing and financial support. They have made a commitment to support you for one year after you arrive or until you can support yourself, whichever comes first.

Your sponsor must provide you with this support. You do not need to pay your sponsor for the cost of helping you settle in Canada.

Quebec has its own process to sponsor refugees. This means that the rules private sponsors in Quebec must follow are different from the rest of Canada. If your sponsor is from Quebec and you have questions, contact Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion. This is the part of the Quebec provincial government that deals with immigration.

Questions? Find answers in the Help Centre.

Check processing times

Find out how long it takes to process PSR cases.

After your application has been submitted: get next steps

Once you and your sponsor have completed the application forms, your sponsor will send them to the correct office in Canada. We will review the sponsorship portion to make sure that your sponsor meets the criteria to support you.

Note: No one should ask you for any money to cover the cost of your sponsorship. You do not have to pay for the processing of your application.

Once the sponsorship section of your file is approved, it will be sent to a visa office or mission overseas for further processing.

Find out what happens after your case has been sent overseas.

Prepare for arrival

Find out what you can expect when you arrive in Canada.

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