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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