Lifeline Syria Update – January 31, 2017 – Expiry of the IRCC Temporary Public Policy to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors
On December 19, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an amendment to the temporary public policy of September 20, 2016 – which was scheduled to expire on September 20, 2017 – to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors.
While the amended policy continued to exempt foreign nationals of Syria and Iraq – who have fled their country of nationality or habitual residence due to the recent conflicts – from the requirement of providing a valid document certifying their status as UN convention refugees, it limited the applications by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors up to maximum of 1,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
On January 25, 2017, IRCC announced that the number of applications allowed under the amended temporary policy had been reached and that applications received by IRCC above that limit would be returned.
As a result, Lifeline Syria for the time being can only receive and assist in processing Groups of Five and Community Sponsors’ applications for Syrian refugees who (i) have a valid certificate of refugee status issued by either the government of their host country of residence or by the UNHCR; and (ii) have completed the financial and settlement support requirements under the Canadian private sponsorship program.
Please note that Lifeline Syria is doing everything possible to explore ways to submit previously received cases for Syrian refugees who have fulfilled the financial and settlement support requirements under the private sponsorship program and whose cases could not be submitted before January 25, 2017 – the date of the announcement that the limit had been reached.
For further details of the relevant announcements, please visit:
September 19, 2015 Announcement – Expiry September 20, 2016:
August 17, 2015 Policy Renewal Announcement – Expiry September 20, 2017:
December 19, 2016 – Cap Announcement:
January 25, 2017 – Cap Reached Announcement: