Syrian Family Links Initiative: Connecting Syrian family members with sponsors

Many members of the Syrian community in Canada want to sponsor family members to come to Canada, but not all have the financial means. At the same time, many Canadians want to sponsor a refugee, but do not know a specific refugee to sponsor.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) partnered with Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) to help reunite members of the Syrian community in Canada with family members who are refugees but do not have the means to sponsor them.

Given the ongoing crisis in Syria, the response to this program has been overwhelming. Every effort is being made to match refugees with sponsors and to reunite family members. In spite of these efforts, the number of Syrian refugees who are registered for this program greatly exceeds the number of available sponsors. 

As of May 16, 2016, Catholic Crosscultural Services will stop accepting new registrations from Syrian family members in Canada as they turn their efforts to matching more sponsors with these refugees.

Potential sponsors will still be able to register so they can be matched with Syrian refugees.

Quebec is responsible for its own Private Sponsorship of Refugee program. If you are from Quebec, contact the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.

Become a sponsor

Canadians and Permanent Residents may be able to sponsor a Syrian family member of someone in their community.

When a family is connected with a potential sponsor, family members in Canada and potential sponsors will then be responsible for discussing general terms of sponsorship and how they would make the sponsorship work.

If all agree on the general terms of the sponsorship, complete an application to the Private-Sponsorship Refugees (PSR) Program.  The application will be processed as any other PSR application.

Register your sponsorship group if you are ready to begin the process of becoming a sponsor.

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