IRCC’s Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program will restart in early 2022

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) announces that IRCC’s Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program will restart in early 2022.

The program will continue to open doors and hearts, and give people in Canada a chance to sponsor refugees.

RSTP will share more details on the program’s opening dates and upcoming information and training webinars shortly. This is a great time to get ready, by learning about the BVOR sponsorship program, how it works, and what it can mean to both you and the refugees you’ll sponsor. 

Webinar : Preparing for Arrival and Providing Post-Arrival Support: Handling Unrealistic Expectations and Practicing Ethical Consideration

This webinar delivered by Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) for new and experienced sponsors will provide a recap of sponsors’ settlement responsibilities when sponsoring refugees under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) and Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) programs; review ethical considerations that are important to keep in mind when sponsoring refugees; the power imbalance that exists in the sponsor-sponsored newcomer relationship and tips on how to mitigate the imbalance; and, the importance of managing expectations.

Refugee Sponsorship Gala

After sponsoring a family of 4 from Colombia, the Grantham Mennonite Brethren Church is a gala to raise money for the sponsorship of another family. 

The resettlement process is in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), and the Blended Visa Office Referred Program (BVOR) which matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada. 

You can help them by either attending the gala or contacting the church to make a donation.