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Collective Sponsorship

Quebec Opens Doors to Collective Sponsorship: Opportunities and Responsibilities

On April 9, 2024, Quebec’s provincial government announced the commencement of the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective Sponsorship) application period, extending from May 7 to June 4, 2024. This initiative aims to facilitate collective sponsorship for refugees residing outside Canada, along with their immediate family members. Let’s delve into the details of this program, its requirements, and the responsibilities it entails.

Navigating the Collective Sponsorship Process

The Program for Refugees Abroad provides an avenue for groups of 2 to 5 individuals and organizations to sponsor refugees located in countries other than Canada. To kickstart the process, the Ministere de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Integration has made the necessary forms accessible online, easing the application procedure for prospective sponsors.

Understanding Collective Sponsorship Responsibilities

Sponsoring a refugee under this program involves undertaking significant responsibilities and obligations. The sponsoring party becomes the guarantor for the sponsored individual, committing to providing support and assistance throughout their integration journey in Quebec.

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Eligibility Criteria for Sponsors

To qualify as a sponsor, one must either be a group of 2 to 5 natural persons or a registered legal entity, such as a charity organization. Sponsors must adhere to specific conditions corresponding to their classification, ensuring compliance with the program’s requirements.

Criteria for Sponsored Individuals

The individuals eligible for sponsorship must meet the criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, including recognition as refugees under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or the country of asylum class. This necessitates a demonstrated fear of persecution or severe personal consequences in their home country or former habitual residence.

Supporting Family Members

Sponsored individuals may be accompanied by immediate family members, including spouses or common-law partners and dependent children under 22 years of age. Sponsors are obligated to include these family members in their undertaking application and extend support to them throughout the sponsorship period.

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Financial Obligations and Integration Support

As guarantors, sponsors must fulfill financial obligations, covering essential needs such as housing, healthcare, and employment integration costs for the sponsored individuals and their families. Additionally, sponsors are responsible for providing support in integration approaches, including job search assistance, access to public services, and participation in community life.

Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

Throughout the sponsorship period, sponsors are required to submit settlement reports to the Ministere de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Integration, demonstrating compliance with the welcome and integration plan outlined during the application process. Failure to fulfill obligations may result in financial penalties and jeopardize future sponsorship opportunities.

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Embracing Responsibility in Refugee Sponsorship

Collective sponsorship offers a meaningful opportunity to extend compassion and support to refugees seeking refuge in Quebec. By navigating the application process diligently and honoring the associated responsibilities, sponsors play a crucial role in facilitating the integration and well-being of sponsored individuals and their families.

As Quebec embraces its commitment to humanitarian efforts, collective sponsorship stands as a testament to the province’s dedication to fostering inclusivity and diversity. If you’re confused or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert consultants who can guide you through the process with clarity and expertise.

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