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The interview with the Canadian visa offices (VO) abroad is the stepping stone towards granting permanent residence status for your sponsored refugees and bringing them to safety in Canada.

This webinar will provide some guidance on how to prepare your sponsored refugees for this interview, it will mainly tackle: 

  • The rights of refugees during the interview
  • What to expect during the interview
  • Basic principles to stick to
  • Possible reasons for rejection

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 15:33
  • Do you know that in more than 70 countries LGBTQ 2 persons are persecuted due to their sexual orientation and gender identity?
  • Are you also aware that LGBTQ2 refugees are one of the most vulnerable refugees?

Canada has been a lead in protecting and resettling LGBTQ2 refugees. At this moment, there are 14 LGBTQ2 refugees identified for resettlement to Canada but waiting to be matched with private sponsors.

Join us to learn more about these vulnerable refugees and discuss on ways to sponsor them.

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 15:29

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to join our free workshop on Navigating the new Settlement Plan form for Groups of Five.

Learn about:

  • How perfect settlement plan form looks like
  • How to calculate costs and reflect the budget in the form
  • New elements added to the settlement plan form

 We recommend that you bring your laptop so you can work on the settlement plan for the refugees you would like to sponsor as we are going to illustrate the steps on screen and will used real cases, you might have the draft settlement plan done by the end of the session.   

Date: July 19th, 2018
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: CCS 3660 Hurontario St. 7th Floor, Mississauga

To register please click here

Posted: 06/27/2018 - 14:49

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • when should sponsors start preparing for Month 13
  • what to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13
  • evaluating the sponsorship
  • the post-sponsorship relationship 

Date: June 29, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

To register please click here

Posted: 06/18/2018 - 12:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
  • the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency
  • managing expectations
  • power imbalance
  • ethical considerations

Date: June 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

To register please click here

Posted: 06/18/2018 - 12:33

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Adding Dependents Post-Submission and Updating Applications.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: the importance of keeping IRCC up-to-date with any changes in circumstances; who to contact and when; and, how to add dependents post-submission. 

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 16:06

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: How to Prepare and Submit a Successful Application Package.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ forms.

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 16:02

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar The PSR Program: Who Can Sponsor and Who Can be Sponsored.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ forms.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 15:58

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program RSTP invites you to a webinar: Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs.

This webinar provides an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 15:53

Hamilton The Spectator - Suad Badri knows the frustrations of being a refugee, but she would never complain. She is extremely grateful to be here. She chuckles now, at having to wait more than a year for security clearance to qualify for permanent residency. But it wasn't easy.

Badri has a PhD in geography, a masters in environmental studies, and a bachelor of engineering. She has 25 years of academic and professional work in environmental studies and renewable energy.

In 2013-14, Badri won a fellowship at University of California, Davis, which included working in Washington, D.C. on a U.S. aid project on energy in Africa.

But on returning to Sudan, she was interrogated, ordered to stay in the country, and to check in with officials every two months.

"That was terrifying for my family," she says. It was "not like a gun pointed at your head," but the family felt "the situation could escalate out of control."

The "goodwill" her university had among the people, however, provided a safe passage in 2014 to Canada, where she was granted refugee status.

In Hamilton, she immersed herself in the community, becoming a Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre board member in 2015, a city advisory committee member on refugees and immigrants in 2016, and in 2017 a community adviser in a McMaster University research project on technology-based ESL programs.

She is now enrolled in the Leadership in Community Engagement course at McMaster's downtown centre for continuing education, thanks to a $5,000 Western Union scholarship.

Michael Barker-Fyfe, a manager with Western Union, which transfers money internationally for foreign students among other things, found Badri's story of helping other newcomers inspiring.

Read the full article

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 10:23

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