2.B Sponsors: From Mobilization to Engagement
B.4 How are eligible sponsors screened?
(i) What application forms, if any, must potential sponsors complete?
How Canada Does It
Sponsoring groups must apply to become sponsors by completing Government of Canada application forms corresponding to the type of sponsoring group (Group of Five, Community Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) – see 2.B.3(ii)). Refugee applicants overseas must also complete an application for permanent residence.
Potential sponsoring groups must complete a set of application forms found on the Government of Canada’s website. Forms are tailored to the type of sponsoring group (Group of Five, Community Sponsor, SAH – see 2.B.3(ii)), but the application package generally consists of:
- The Undertaking/Application to Sponsor: An agreement that formalizes the sponsoring group’s legal responsibility to provide financial and settlement assistance for the duration of the sponsorship;
- Sponsor Assessment: Collects individual sponsor eligibility information;
- Financial Assessment: Collects information related to individual sponsors’ financial capacity to sponsor the refugees. SAHs do not need to prove financial capacity because Canada assessed their financial capacity at the time they signed the sponsorship agreement. Note that many SAHs signed their initial agreement in 1979 or 1980 at the time of the Indochinese refugee crisis;
- Settlement Plan: Requires sponsoring groups to set out their financial capacity, in-kind donations put towards the sponsorship, and a detailed plan for fulfilling resettlement responsibilities (see 2.B.3(vi));
- Document Checklist: Helps sponsors and refugees ensure that all the necessary documentation is in place before submitting the application;
- Group members’ photo ID’s and proof of income or funds held in trust for the sponsorship.
A complete sponsorship application consists of both a completed sponsorship kit and an application for permanent residence (sometimes also called the “refugee application”) completed by the sponsored refugees. Sponsors usually assist the refugee in gathering the information necessary to complete the refugee-side forms of the application package. The application for permanent residence consists of:
- The Generic Application Form for Canada: Sets out personal and contact information of the principal applicant and his/her dependants;
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration: Collects personal, education, and employment history; and
- Schedule 2 – Refugees Outside Canada: Allows refugees to outline their experiences and explain why the meet the criteria for refugee status and resettlement.