[PSRList] Sponsoring Palestinian refugees from a UNRWA country

Suneet Kharay skharay at rstp.ca
Wed Aug 9 09:35:17 EDT 2017


Hi Ben,
Refugees being sponsored by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors must include copies of their refugee status document with the application package. The refugee status document must be issued by UNHCR, or the government of the country of asylum. IRCC does not accept UNRWA issued documents as valid proof of refugee status (see: Section 3 of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees [PSR] Application Guide [IMM 5413] at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5413ETOC.asp).

Palestinians that are located in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip fall under the mandate of UNRWA, and are unable to obtain refugee status documents from UNHCR as they fall within UNRWA’s geographical mandate. Therefore, the only way to sponsor Palestinians that are located in any of the above countries is with the assistance of Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs), as refugees sponsored by SAHs do not have to include copies of their refugee status document with the application package.

Palestinians that are not located in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are able to obtain refugee status documents from UNHCR as they are outside of UNRWA’s geographical mandate. Therefore, any Palestinians that have been recognized as refugees by UNHCR should be able to be sponsored by a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor provided they include copies of their refugee status document with the application package.
The other issue with Palestinian refugees is what country is considered to be their country of habitual residence, given they are stateless, and whether they need to leave that country before applying in order to satisfy the eligibility requirements for sponsorship under the PSR program.
 I hope the above is of assistance.
 Kind regards,
 Suneet
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From: PSR [mailto:psr-bounces at list.rstp.ca] On Behalf Of Ben Li
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 11:09 AM
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Subject: [PSRList] Sponsoring Palestinian refugees from a UNRWA country

Hellos,

I'd appreciate hearing from any group or organization that has successfully (co-)sponsored Palestinian refugees from a UNRWA country under the private sponsorship streams. I'm trying to confirm whether those private sponsorships are still limited to SAHs, and if so, which SAHs are the most active with that population.

Thank you in advance for any advice or experience that you can share.

Best regards,
-Ben
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