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Private sponsors of refugees - share your experiences and expertise here!

chilkootcee

Champion Member
Mar 3, 2015
1,052
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Visa Office......
Abu Dhabi
App. Filed.......
03-Jun-2015
Interview........
None required
LANDED..........
01-Apr-2016
Hi all,

Let's have a thread for all private sponsors or those wishing to become a sponsor / contributor (individuals, community groups, sponsorship agreement holders, group of 5, BVOR) to share their experience and support each other.

I went through the experience of sponsoring my husband (who happens to be Syrian) through the Spousal Sponsorship program. We managed the entire application process on our own and I'm happy to say that in May 2016 he received his PR card. We know what it feels like to be waiting....and wondering what is going on...the anxiety that at any moment the application will be returned or rejected.

I met a friend of his who had fled from the Syrian war who now lives precariously with his family in Turkey. I wanted to help early in 2016 and tried to form a G5 when around the same time a Canadian friend had called and said that she knew people who were interested in sponsoring a refugee family. While trying to form our G5, we managed to find a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) who was willing to work with our group because we had strong funding and settlement services commitment. We are just now waiting for CIC to finish / finalize our refugee family application. This is one of the hardest parts...especially because the location where they are staying in Turkey has seen some terrible attacks in the past few months.

So now we wait....

Suggested Thread Guidelines
  • Respect the privacy of sponsors / refugees - do not post any names of refugees, individual sponsors, non-public groups
  • This is not a thread to match refugees and sponsors. If you are a refugee seeking a private sponsorship, please start / post in a separate thread
  • Avoid private messages and post your private sponsorship questions / experiences to the group keeping in mind the first guideline. The whole point of a forum is so others can benefit from the questions and answers.
  • Review the information provided by CIC and other links below BEFORE posting a generic question like "how do I sponsor a refugee?"

However, if your question isn't answered in the published info, this is exactly the place where you can post and hopefully someone who has been through the experience can help.

So let's start! Please share your experiences and add your resources here by posting a reply to this thread. Here are a few:

CIC Resources for Refugee Sponsors - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/ref-sponsor/index.asp

Syrian Refugees Support Group Calgary - https://www.facebook.com/groups/YYCSYR/ - "a citizen action driven group of community volunteers with various origins and beliefs, from all walks of life, that are trying to make Calgary the most welcoming place for refugees"

Refugee Sponsorship Training - http://www.rstp.ca/en/

Globe & Mail article on welcoming refugees by setting up a great kitchen - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/food-trends/why-the-family-kitchen-is-my-focus-in-preparing-to-welcome-syrian-refugees/article28262317/

How to set up a Syrian kitchen - http://syriancooking.com/recipes-for-refugees/blog

List of Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/sponsor/list-sponsors.asp

Refugee Fraud warning (Arabic) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/pub/fraud-arabic.pdf

News article about immigration consultants violating rules for private refugee sponsorship program - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/immigration-consultants-refugee-program-1.3535899

Next post....sharing the timelines of our sponsored refugees...

C.
 

chilkootcee

Champion Member
Mar 3, 2015
1,052
60
Visa Office......
Abu Dhabi
App. Filed.......
03-Jun-2015
Interview........
None required
LANDED..........
01-Apr-2016
Here is a link for refugee applications under private sponsorship. Sharing the timelines of our sponsored refugees will help us to see what is happening with CIC.

If you have suggested changes to the sheet structure / format, please let me know by replying to this thread first before making the changes.

Refugee's / sponsors - please add your timeline to this spreadsheet. if you are not sure of the exact dates, enter approximate dates.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fQGQtNBVkxK2en25fs3XPung6PLha5LMU7sk4Bv3ngU/edit#gid=0

C.
 

Ferna01

Newbie
Jan 2, 2018
4
0
Hello is this applicable only for Syrian refugees ? or a group of 5 can be made to sponsor a family from other countries too like Pakistan
 

PSAHR

Full Member
Jun 7, 2018
40
4
Hi all,

Let's have a thread for all private sponsors or those wishing to become a sponsor / contributor (individuals, community groups, sponsorship agreement holders, group of 5, BVOR) to share their experience and support each other.

Next post....sharing the timelines of our sponsored refugees...

C.
Hello @chilkootcee ,

Excellent work- glad to see this thread. I applied under GC SAH and i am non-registered refugee living in Ankara, Turkey. Below is my timeline.

Application filed: April 20, 2018
AOR/Inprocess: June 07, 2018
Location: Winnipeg, MB

Hope others can share their timeline and experience.
 
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torontob

Hero Member
Aug 10, 2009
874
108
Hello @chilkootcee ,

Excellent work- glad to see this thread. I applied under GC SAH and i am non-registered refugee living in Ankara, Turkey. Below is my timeline.

Application filed: April 20, 2018
AOR/Inprocess: June 07, 2018
Location: Winnipeg, MB

Hope others can share their timeline and experience.
Hello @chilkootcee ,

Excellent work- glad to see this thread. I applied under GC SAH and i am non-registered refugee living in Ankara, Turkey. Below is my timeline.

Application filed: April 20, 2018
AOR/Inprocess: June 07, 2018
Location: Winnipeg, MB

Hope others can share their timeline and experience.
Hi all,

Let's have a thread for all private sponsors or those wishing to become a sponsor / contributor (individuals, community groups, sponsorship agreement holders, group of 5, BVOR) to share their experience and support each other.

I went through the experience of sponsoring my husband (who happens to be Syrian) through the Spousal Sponsorship program. We managed the entire application process on our own and I'm happy to say that in May 2016 he received his PR card. We know what it feels like to be waiting....and wondering what is going on...the anxiety that at any moment the application will be returned or rejected.

I met a friend of his who had fled from the Syrian war who now lives precariously with his family in Turkey. I wanted to help early in 2016 and tried to form a G5 when around the same time a Canadian friend had called and said that she knew people who were interested in sponsoring a refugee family. While trying to form our G5, we managed to find a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) who was willing to work with our group because we had strong funding and settlement services commitment. We are just now waiting for CIC to finish / finalize our refugee family application. This is one of the hardest parts...especially because the location where they are staying in Turkey has seen some terrible attacks in the past few months.

So now we wait....

Suggested Thread Guidelines
  • Respect the privacy of sponsors / refugees - do not post any names of refugees, individual sponsors, non-public groups
  • This is not a thread to match refugees and sponsors. If you are a refugee seeking a private sponsorship, please start / post in a separate thread
  • Avoid private messages and post your private sponsorship questions / experiences to the group keeping in mind the first guideline. The whole point of a forum is so others can benefit from the questions and answers.
  • Review the information provided by CIC and other links below BEFORE posting a generic question like "how do I sponsor a refugee?"

However, if your question isn't answered in the published info, this is exactly the place where you can post and hopefully someone who has been through the experience can help.

So let's start! Please share your experiences and add your resources here by posting a reply to this thread. Here are a few:

CIC Resources for Refugee Sponsors - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/ref-sponsor/index.asp

Syrian Refugees Support Group Calgary - https://www.facebook.com/groups/YYCSYR/ - "a citizen action driven group of community volunteers with various origins and beliefs, from all walks of life, that are trying to make Calgary the most welcoming place for refugees"

Refugee Sponsorship Training - http://www.rstp.ca/en/

Globe & Mail article on welcoming refugees by setting up a great kitchen - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/food-trends/why-the-family-kitchen-is-my-focus-in-preparing-to-welcome-syrian-refugees/article28262317/

How to set up a Syrian kitchen - http://syriancooking.com/recipes-for-refugees/blog

List of Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/sponsor/list-sponsors.asp

Refugee Fraud warning (Arabic) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/pub/fraud-arabic.pdf

News article about immigration consultants violating rules for private refugee sponsorship program - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/immigration-consultants-refugee-program-1.3535899

Next post....sharing the timelines of our sponsored refugees...

C.
Are you aware of any SAH that are willing to take families where we are ready to shoulder the costs and put the guarantees?
Thanks,
 

miran

Member
Feb 26, 2019
10
3
My timeline Month 1 (Dec 2017): Submitted Month 2 (Feb 2018): Application received Month 2 (Feb 2018): G number Month 14 (feb 2019): Medical test Month 14 (Feb 2019): Interview . feb 5th ,,pre- arrival latter :22 feb


could you please tell me how long it can take to get COPR
 

torontob

Hero Member
Aug 10, 2009
874
108
My timeline Month 1 (Dec 2017): Submitted Month 2 (Feb 2018): Application received Month 2 (Feb 2018): G number Month 14 (feb 2019): Medical test Month 14 (Feb 2019): Interview . feb 5th ,,pre- arrival latter :22 feb


could you please tell me how long it can take to get COPR
Pre-arrival is start of security check and depending on your country of origin it takes different time. What is your country of origin?
 

miran

Member
Feb 26, 2019
10
3
Hello, thank you for the information .my country of origin is NEPAL. And visa office is in India
 

samsandi

Full Member
Jan 23, 2018
36
1
Bonj
Comment poster dans un fil séparé? ? Je suis une réfugiée congolaise au Burundi je cherche un groupe de cinq pour me parrainer.
Merci beaucoup de m'aider.
[QUOTE = "chilkootcee, post: 5516362, membre: 548736"] Bonjour à tous,

Ayons un fil pour tous les sponsors privés ou ceux qui souhaitent devenir sponsor / contributeur (individus, groupes communautaires, détenteurs d’accord de sponsoring, groupe de 5, BVOR) pour partager leur expérience et se soutenir mutuellement.

J'ai vécu l'expérience de parrainer mon mari (qui se trouve être syrien) dans le cadre du programme de parrainage pour époux. Nous avons géré nous-mêmes l'ensemble du processus de candidature et je suis heureux de dire qu'en mai 2016, il a reçu sa carte RP. Nous savons ce que cela fait d’attendre… et de nous demander ce qui se passe… l’inquiétude de voir la demande renvoyée ou rejetée à tout moment.

I met a friend of his who had fled from the Syrian war who now lives precariously with his family in Turkey. I wanted to help early in 2016 and tried to form a G5 when around the same time a Canadian friend had called and said that she knew people who were interested in sponsoring a refugee family. While trying to form our G5, we managed to find a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) who was willing to work with our group because we had strong funding and settlement services commitment. We are just now waiting for CIC to finish / finalize our refugee family application. This is one of the hardest parts...especially because the location where they are staying in Turkey has seen some terrible attacks in the past few months.

So now we wait....

Suggested Thread Guidelines
  • Respect the privacy of sponsors / refugees - do not post any names of refugees, individual sponsors, non-public groups
  • This is not a thread to match refugees and sponsors. If you are a refugee seeking a private sponsorship, please start / post in a separate thread
  • Avoid private messages and post your private sponsorship questions / experiences to the group keeping in mind the first guideline. The whole point of a forum is so others can benefit from the questions and answers.
  • Review the information provided by CIC and other links below BEFORE posting a generic question like "how do I sponsor a refugee?"

However, if your question isn't answered in the published info, this is exactly the place where you can post and hopefully someone who has been through the experience can help.

So let's start! Please share your experiences and add your resources here by posting a reply to this thread. Here are a few:

CIC Resources for Refugee Sponsors - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/ref-sponsor/index.asp

Syrian Refugees Support Group Calgary - https://www.facebook.com/groups/YYCSYR/ - "a citizen action driven group of community volunteers with various origins and beliefs, from all walks of life, that are trying to make Calgary the most welcoming place for refugees"

Refugee Sponsorship Training - http://www.rstp.ca/en/

Globe & Mail article on welcoming refugees by setting up a great kitchen - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/food-trends/why-the-family-kitchen-is-my-focus-in-preparing-to-welcome-syrian-refugees/article28262317/

How to set up a Syrian kitchen - http://syriancooking.com/recipes-for-refugees/blog

List of Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/sponsor/list-sponsors.asp

Refugee Fraud warning (Arabic) - http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/pub/fraud-arabic.pdf

News article about immigration consultants violating rules for private refugee sponsorship program - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/immigration-consultants-refugee-program-1.3535899

Next post....sharing the timelines of our sponsored refugees...

C.[/QUOTE]
 

zeejay12

Newbie
Mar 30, 2019
1
0
Hi, Im been trying to gather information about private sponsors in Canada. Is there a list of private sponsors? or place where you can plead your case to them?
 

Alikune

Member
May 26, 2019
10
0
Hi, is this the correct address to send applications for group of 5 sponsorship in case processing centre in Sydney nova Scotia:
  • Canadian Armed Forces CAF – Grants and Resumptions
    IRCC Case Processing Centre
    CAF -Citizenship
    P.O. Box 8200
    Sydney, NS
    B1P 0G7