How PSR Works
Processing times for Private Sponsorship of Refugees program
While the Government of Canada has many embassies and visa posts around the world many do not process refugee applications. This limitation leads to wait times of anywhere from 1 to 9 years before a refugee is interviewed, accepted, granted a visa and arrives in Canada. During this processing time the case must be reviewed regularly by the SAH and group and if the family composition, location or overall circumstances change the file must be amended and these changes identified to CIC to ensure these changes do not cause more delays in the process.
You can download AURA's factsheet Refugee Sponsorship: An Overview here.
PSR is usually the fourth largest resettlement program in the world, after the governments of the USA, Canada, and Australia.
Refugees who arrive in Canada through the PSR program become self-supporting much more quickly than refugees who are completely supported by the government.
PSR is the only program in the world that allows private citizens to help refugees directly through the resettlement process.
Why Canada helps refugees through PSR
PSR is aligned with the Government of Canada’s objective of upholding Canada’s humanitarian tradition of protecting those in need.
PSR is aligned with CIC refugee protection mandate, which is derived from the 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
PSR supports the CIC strategic outcome of successful integration of newcomers and promotion of Canadian citizenship.
Canada is one of 16 countries that take part in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement programs.
In 2002, Canada endorsed the UNHCR’s Agenda for Protection, which focuses on activities to strengthen international protection of asylum-seekers and refugees.