Under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program, refugees are referred to Canada for resettlement by a private sponsor.
Being a privately sponsored refugee means that a group of five people in Canada has volunteered to help you adjust to life here. Your sponsorship group will help you find a place to live, give you food and clothing and financial support. They have made a commitment to support you for one year after you arrive or until you can support yourself, whichever comes first.

Your sponsor must provide you with this support. You do not need to pay your sponsor for the cost of helping you settle in Canada.

Group of five (G5) is five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have arranged to sponsor a refugee living abroad to come to Canada. All of the group members must be at least 18 years of age and live or have representatives in the area where the refugee will settle.
The group must agree to give emotional and financial support to the refugee(s) for the full sponsorship period-usually one year.

To be eligible, each member of the group five must:
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
• Be at least 18 years old
• Live in the same community where the refugee is expected to settle, and
• Agree to give settlement assistance and support for the length of the sponsorship (usually one year).

The group must provide a settlement plan and prove that it has the money to sponsor a refugee for one year. The amount of money needed will depend on how many refugees you sponsor.

After your application has been submitted: get next steps
Once you and your sponsor have completed the application forms, your sponsor will send them to the correct office in Canada. CIC will review the sponsorship portion to make sure that your sponsor meets the criteria to support you.

Once the sponsorship section of your file is approved, it will be sent to a visa office or mission overseas for further processing.

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