[PSRList] Sponsoring Syrian and Iraqi Refugees - Important Announcement

Nadine Nasir nnasir at rstp.ca
Tue Sep 22 17:52:29 EDT 2015


Hello Michael,

 

This is a great question. Before the September 19 announcement by Minister Alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) required that all refugee applicants sponsored by Groups of Five or Community Sponsors must already have been granted “refugee status” by either the UNHCR or a foreign government (such as the government of the country where the refugee is currently living), and have proof of this status submitted with the sponsorship application. Even though these refugee applicants already have “refugee status,” the Canadian government still conducted their own assessment of the refugee applicant to determine if he/she meets the definition of a refugee as per the two classes in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Convention Refugee Abroad Class and Country of Asylum Class). 

 

The September 19th announcement states that, for Syrians, Canadian “visa officers will be able to presume those fleeing the conflict meet the definition of a refugee”. Therefore, Canadian visa officers have been encouraged to consider Syrians as refugees, unless there is evidence to the contrary, and will “focus their interview process on security, criminality and medical screening”.

 

Additionally, Syrian and Iraqi refugees can be sponsored by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors, even if they do not already have “refugee status” and proof of this status issued by either the UNHCR or a foreign government.

 

Please see the Government of Canada’s website for more details: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1017119

 

 

Best regards,

Nadine Nasir  | RSTP Trainer | Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP)

Catholic Crosscultural Services| 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Scarborough, ON M1P 4X4

Tel: 416-290-1700 Ext. 404 | Toll-free: 1-877-290-1701  | Fax: 416-290-1710  |  <mailto:nnasir at rstp.ca> nnasir at rstp.ca 

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From: Michael Wills [mailto:mwills at chartwellconsulting.ca] 
Sent: September-22-15 4:25 PM
To: Nadine Nasir <nnasir at rstp.ca>
Cc: psr at list.rstp.ca
Subject: Re: [PSRList] Sponsoring Syrian and Iraqi Refugees - Important Announcement

 

Thanks Nadine. As I understand it, even before this announcement Canada did not accept a UNHCR registration as evidence of a valid refugee status, but instead made its own determination. So on balance (since Canada will still be making its own determination) do you think this will change anything? Perhaps, before, Canada required UNHCR status even though it was not enough to ensure recognition by Canada? My church will be asking me, hence the question.

Thanks!

Mike

 

On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 3:16 PM, Nadine Nasir <nnasir at rstp.ca <mailto:nnasir at rstp.ca> > wrote:

Dear PSR list members,

 

The RSTP would like to inform you of a new change in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program that the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, announced on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

 

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has temporarily exempt Syrians and Iraqis from the requirement to provide proof of refugee status in order to be sponsored by a Group of Five or Community Sponsor. If you want to sponsor a Syrian or Iraqi refugee through a Group of Five or Community Sponsor, you can submit these applications, even if these refugee applicants do not have a refugee status recognition document.

 

Please note that refugees must still be living outside of their country of origin.

 

For more information on this announcement, Groups of Five, Community Sponsors, application forms, and more, please visit our website <http://www.rstp.ca/en/refugee-sponsorship/latest-policy-program-update/changes-for-sponsoring-syrian-iraqi-refugees/> . If you have any questions about this announcement, you can also feel free to contact us at info at rstp.ca <mailto:info at rstp.ca> . Please note that we are currently receiving an exceptionally high number of inquiries, and may not be able to respond immediately.

 

Best regards,

Nadine Nasir  | RSTP Trainer | Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP)

Catholic Crosscultural Services| 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Scarborough, ON M1P 4X4

Tel: 416-290-1700 Ext. 404 <tel:416-290-1700%20Ext.%20404>  | Toll-free: 1-877-290-1701 <tel:1-877-290-1701>   | Fax: 416-290-1710 <tel:416-290-1710>   |  <mailto:nnasir at rstp.ca> nnasir at rstp.ca 

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