2.D Refugee-Sponsor Relationship
D.1 What happens if the sponsoring group wants to withdraw its application before the refugees arrive?
(vi) What are the consequences for refugees in case of a sponsorship withdrawal prior to their arrival?
How Canada Does It
If sponsors withdraw their application and the sponsors and/or refugees are unable to find a replacement group to undertake the sponsorship (see 2.D.1(iii)-(iv)), the refugees’ application for resettlement to Canada through private sponsorship will be refused.
When the Government of Canada receives a sponsoring group’s withdrawal request, it will request that the initial sponsoring group identify a replacement group to undertake the sponsorship by a certain deadline. If a replacement group is not found by that deadline, the Government of Canada will send a “procedural fairness” letter to the refugees overseas instructing them to secure a new sponsoring group within ninety days.
If the refugees are unable to identify a replacement sponsoring group in time, the overseas visa office will send them a refusal letter, explaining that the sponsorship application has been refused under Reg. 139(1)(f) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Reg.139(1)(f) provides that Canada will issue permanent resident visas to refugees whose private sponsorship applications have been approved.