Can I sponsor a refugee who is already in Canada?
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program is a program that aims to resettle refugees.
To be eligible to sponsorship programs, refugees must :
- Be outside of Canada
- Meet the definition of Convention Refugee Abroad Class or Country of Asylum Class, according to the Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Hold a refugee status document valid for sponsorship by Groups of 5 or Community Sponsors
Therefore, it is not possible to sponsor a person who is already in Canada, no matter their status.
A person who is already in Canada and in need of protection can make a claim for refugee protection to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). They may be eligible to receive legal aid.
Settlement Role Private Sponsor
Sponsorship Stage Plan & Prepare