Afghan human rights defenders arrive in Canada

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the arrival in Canada of over 250 Afghan refugees, including 170 human rights defenders, as government-assisted refugees. Canada has a long and proud tradition of standing up for human rights at home and abroad. In July 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched a human rights defenders immigration stream, making Canada one of the few countries in the world with a dedicated, permanent immigration program for those who protect and promote human rights.

First charter flight of privately sponsored Afghan refugees arrives in Canada

News release

December 2, 2021—Toronto, Ontario—As Canada welcomes Afghan refugees, private sponsors across the country are stepping up. A significant number of Afghan nationals will be arriving as privately sponsored refugees, sponsored by individuals, groups and communities across Canada.

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. 

Canada announces 3 new initiatives to welcome and support more refugees

The world is facing a refugee crisis. Across the globe, millions are displaced and longing for what most of us take for granted: a safe place to call home. As a global leader in protecting those who need it most, Canada welcomed nearly half of all refugees resettled around the world in 2020. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently called Canada “a bright light in a horrible year for refugee resettlement.”

Canada expands efforts to welcome more Yazidi refugees and other survivors of Daesh

Over the past few years, the Government of Canada has kept its commitment to help Yazidi refugees and other survivors of Daesh start new lives in this country. Over 1,400 have settled in Canada since 2017, escaping unimaginable horrors at the hands of Daesh. Yet many of these refugees had to leave family members behind.

IRCC : Information on the new travel restrictions and privately sponsored refugee arrivals

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, February 17th, 2021

To help prevent the further introduction and transmission of COVID-19 and its new variants, the Government of Canada has introduced additional measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) clients who are currently eligible to travel to Canada, in accordance with the travel restrictions and exemptions, are still able to do so. This includes privately sponsored refugees who received their permanent resident visa prior to March 18, 2020.