Sponsorship Agreement Holders Ottawa

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There are two main types of sponsorship facilitation services: the sponsoring agreement holders and organizations, usually colonization agencies that help with Group of Five applications. Some do both, while others specialize in one or the other. There are also organizations that offer pro-bono legal advice to support sponsorship applications, and workshops and other resources to make your private sponsorship a success. Sponsorship processes often change and many experts and supporters find it difficult to keep up. Here are some good places to get the latest news and context on sponsorship: By signing the sponsorship contract, an SAH is legally responsible, but not limited to: As a non-sectarian social agency, JFS offers more than 65 programs and services for children, teens, adults and the elderly, including newcomers. JFS works with local SAHs to assist constituent groups and groups of 5 that assist refugees from around the world and any persecuted religion or minority. Sponsorship groups must prove that they are able to raise funds to cover sponsorship costs. Contact: Andrea Gardner, 613-722-2225, ext. 321, agardner@jfsottawa.com The sponsorship agreement allows SAHs to sponsor a number of refugees for resettlement in Canada each year through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. There is a third private sponsorship stream, the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program. This is a “mixed” program because the Confederation and private sponsors share the financial cost of helping refugees, while sponsors are responsible for housing assistance for the entire refugee funding period. However, you cannot fire a family member or friend to sponsor them under this program. Refugees resettled as BVOR are referred to the Canadian government by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), usually in response to their increased vulnerability.

The common reasons for referral to the BVOR program are women and girls at risk, survivors of torture, LGBTQ and the lack of predictable sustainable solutions. Both OCISO and the ICC work to link sponsorship groups with funds to Ottawa residents who wish to support relatives or friends (known as “named” or “family-related” cases) but who do not have the financial means. It is a demanding route — the demand is high and the number of cases is much greater than the number of sponsor groups interested in this route, but there have been successes, and it is worth exploring. Remember that if your family or friends are still living in their home country, they are not considered refugees and therefore not for the private sponsorship program. A Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) is a registered organization that has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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