Blended Visa Office-Referred Program – Sponsoring refugees

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Resettlement in Canada for refugees under the blended visa-office referred (BVOR) program

This bulletin provides information about the next steps in the application process, and gives you more information about Canada. Available in 7 languages.

Saving family No.417: the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program in action

A mother and her three children, had no idea a group of strangers in Peterborough, Ontario had chosen to sponsor her family through the BVOR program.

Read the Maclean's article online

The Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada.

The goal is to engage in a three-way partnership among the Government of Canada, the UNHCR, and private sponsors.

  • The UNHCR will identify the refugees.
  • The Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP).
  • Private sponsors will provide another six months of financial support and up to a year of social and emotional support.

Refugees are also covered under the Interim Federal Health Program for the duration of the sponsorship (one year), in addition to provincial health coverage.

As of August, of the planned posting of 5000 profiles, we have provided sponsors with information on more than 4,000 refugees so far. Refugees from Syria and 26 other nationalities have been sponsored through this program. This includes people from the Congo, Eritrea, Myanmar (Burma), Iran and Iraq.

Note: As of September 25, 2015, all sponsorship groups who wish to sponsor Syrian refugees are able to apply through the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program. For sponsors in Quebec, please visit refugee sponsorship in Quebec.

A note for privately sponsored refugees

Being a privately sponsored refugee means that a group of people in Canada have volunteered to help you adjust to life in Canada. Your sponsorship group has made a commitment to support you for one year after you arrive or until you become financially independent, whichever comes first. Your sponsor is responsible for providing you with this support. You do not need to pay your sponsor for the costs of helping you settle in Canada.

Determine your eligibility and apply to sponsor

Sponsoring a Syrian refugee

To be eligible to sponsor a Syrian refugee under this program, you must be:

Apply to sponsor a Syrian refugee

The steps to apply to sponsor a Syrian refugee under the BVOR Program are included on the sponsor a Syrian refugee page.

Sponsoring other than Syrian refugees

To be eligible to sponsor non-Syrian refugees under this program, you must be:

If your organization is not already a SAH, you can apply to become one. Follow these steps to apply.

If you are a constituent group, contact your SAH.

Apply to sponsor a refugee

The steps to apply to sponsor a refugee, unless you are sponsoring a Syrian refugee, under the Blended VOR Program are included on the sponsor a refugee as a SAH page.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply to sponsor a refugee.

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