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Syrian Family Links Initiative

The Syrian Family Links Initiative has been discontinued as of December 31st, 2016 – http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/welcome/sponsor/family.asp

However, there are other avenues available for refugees to be resettled in Canada. We encourage refugees to contact the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country where they presently live, and to register with them.  In addition to receiving international protection and assistance, registration with UNHCR may help in being identified as refugees in need of resettlement to Canada, through either the Government-Assisted Refugee Program or the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program.  The UNHCR Field Offices addresses and contact information can be found from this link: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4a324fcc6.html.  Individuals in Turkey should register with government authorities in Turkey.

Refugees may also be eligible for other immigration programs in addition to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp for details on the federal immigration programs.

Also check the website of the Canadian provincial governments as many have a provincial nominee program.  For more information about the process of applying under the provincial nominee programs, visit this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/apply-how.asp

If you need any information or assistance regarding the private sponsorship programs listed above, please contact us at the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at www.rstp.ca.