2.D Refugee-Sponsor Relationship
D.1 What happens if the sponsoring group wants to withdraw its application before the refugees arrive?
(iii) The steps the State, sponsoring groups and refugees should consider taking to prevent a potential sponsorship withdrawal prior to the refugees’ arrival
How Canada Does It
Sponsorship withdrawal (see 2.D.1(i)) should only be used as a measure of last resort. Sponsoring groups should only withdraw when all other attempts to fulfil the conditions of the sponsorship have failed or when situations have changed to the point where the sponsorship is no longer viable. For example, the group should raise additional funds or recruit more members to meet certain changes in conditions. Otherwise, the applications should be transferred to another eligible sponsoring group to ensure the refugees may still resettle in Canada.
Sponsorship withdrawal should only be used as a measure of last resort when all attempts to fulfill the conditions of the sponsorship have failed or when the sponsorship is no longer viable due to unavoidable changes in sponsors’ circumstances. For example, if there are additional family members to sponsor who were not initially disclosed (e.g. with the birth of a new family member), the sponsoring group may attempt to raise more funds to provide additional financial support to the refugees upon arrival. If a key member has left the sponsoring group, then efforts should be made to replace that member.
If the sponsoring group can no longer sponsor the refugees, a replacement group should be found. For example, if the current sponsoring group can no longer sponsor a refugee because the group recently learned that he or she has a medical condition that requires additional care, then an immigration officer should try to transfer the sponsorship to a sponsoring group in a city where medical care for the refugee’s condition is available.
In the case of a Constituent Group (CG) /Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) sponsorship (see 2.B.3), the CG should work with the SAH to address the reasons for wishing to withdraw the application or to find a replacement CG. Groups of Five or Community Sponsors may work with the local immigration office to attempt to find a replacement group.