Privately-sponsored refugee application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.
Note: Please use our new Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get up-to-date information on processing times under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program helps thousands of refugees every year. Individuals or groups in Canada may sponsor international refugees who are eligible to come to Canada. Sponsors provide financial and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship. This includes help for housing, clothing and food. Most sponsorships last for one year, but some refugees may be eligible for assistance from their sponsors for up to three years.
Refugees must qualify for entry under Canada’s laws, This includes passing medical and security screening checks before they can come to Canada.
Processing Times Tool
The government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information on privately-sponsored refugee application processing times.