Changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

Proposed changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

Canada has proposed changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Currently, people may sponsor refugees from abroad. These people who sponsor refugees can include groups of give or more Canadians or permanent residents as well as community organizations.

Permanent Residency Application and Sponsorship Application to be handed in together

Currently, visa officers review sponsorship applications and later permanent residency applications, but the proposed changes would be that the officers review both the sponsorship applications and the permanent residency applications at the same time.

Another change would be that the refugees being sponsored could only be recognized refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or a State.

“These proposed changes would result in faster processing times, thereby improving the efficiency of the PSR (Private Sponsorship of Refugees) Program,” says Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in a press release last week.

“CIC currently lands more than double the number of privately sponsored refugees than in 2000,” said Kenney. “For the continued health of the program, we need to ensure that we respond to both the protection needs of the refugees and the priorities of private sponsors across Canada.”

Because of the potential added paperwork that could be coming to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, it would be wise to consider outside help in the form of a licensed immigration lawyer who can help you review your applications.

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Tags: Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program Refugee Sponsorship

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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