News on the Private Sponsorship Process

I don’t really understand the implications of this yet. I will try to find out and share what I learn. But it promises to open up another route for private sponsorships…

The Syrian Family Links Initiative (SFLI) is a program that enables Syrian Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Canada (excluding Quebec) to identify their refugee family members residing in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as prospective refugees who could be sponsored by Canadian sponsorship groups.

Some members of the Syrian community in Canada want to bring their family members to Canada but may not have the financial means to be a sponsor through the Private Sponsorship Program. At the same time, there are sponsorship groups in Canada who are ready to sponsor Syrian refugees but don’t know specific refugee(s) they could sponsor. This program will assist by connecting these two groups.

If you are a Syrian living in Canada, click the link below to register your family members as prospective sponsored refugees. Please note your family members must be living in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey.  In order for the refugee family members to obtain an exit visa, it is important that they fulfill the refugee requirements in their current country of refuge.

If you are a sponsoring group ready to sponsor Syrian refugees, click the link below to register as a prospective sponsoring group. In order to be matched, a sponsoring group is required to be located in the same community as the family link in Canada.

The referring family members in Canada and the sponsorship groups will be contacted when an appropriate match is identified or if additional information is required.  Once matched, the two parties will connect to work out a sponsorship arrangement that meets the needs of all involved. Within 45 days, a Private Sponsorship of Refugee application will be submitted. The application will be processed in the same manner as other PSR applications.

Visit for additional information on private sponsorship of refugees.


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