Refugee Sponsorship Next Steps
Form a sponsorship committee
You may have identified several volunteers who are interested in helping out with refugee sponsorship, however, a minimum dedicated team of at least 5 core members are required in order to move forward with a sponsorship undertaking with the CMA SAH.
If your sponsorship team is going to submit a co-sponsored undertaking (where the referred refugee has family members already living in Canada), then at least one of the five committee members should be a representative of the local family in the area of settlement.
Gather your committee for a few face-to-face meetings together to discuss and decide upon:
APPROACH THE BOARD
Once you have completed the above steps, you are now ready to approach your church board
Note: the sponsorship does not become 'official' and legally binding until you sign and submit the required documents for the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) and the forms required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Begin the paperwork
Once you have selected refugee(s) for sponsorship, you can complete the application forms, and work on a detailed settlement plan.
For sponsoring groups who find themselves with unexpected emergency costs or fall short of their financial obligation goals when