Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP)

Guides, bulletins and application documents

RSTP - Website

CIC – Refugees and Asylum - Website

CIC – Sponsorship FAQ

RSTP – Handbook for Sponsoring Groups

The RSTP Handbook for Sponsoring Groups is an invaluable resource covering all aspects of sponsorship process. It is regularly referred to on the CIC website. For the sake of efficiency, links to individual chapters of the Handbook are included below.

RSTP – Handbook (Individual chapters)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3


Who can be sponsored?

Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

The Refugee Forms

The Sponsorship Process

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

 Settlement Preparation

 The First Year and Beyond

 Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS)
















CIC Guide to Privately Sponsorship of Refugees



Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program: Information Bulletin

Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) Program: Information Bulletin

Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) – Sponsoring Refugees

To find an SAH in your area

Joint Assistance Program (JAS) – Sponsoring refugees with special needs


General information for all applicants

Refugee Sponsorship Application Guide [IMM 5413]

This application kit contains the forms and information necessary to sponsor refugees living outside Canada for:

  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) and Constituent Groups (CG)
  • Group of Five individuals (G5)
  • Community Sponsors (CS)

Guide 6000 - Convention Refugees Abroad and Humanitarian-Protected Persons Abroad Forms

Canada’s humanitarian tradition of offering protection to displaced and persecuted people is known around the world. Each year, Canadians assist refugees and other persecuted people to rebuild their lives in Canada. Refugees may be sponsored by:

  • the federal government, or
  • private groups, or
  • have adequate financial resources to support themselves and their families.

In order to be eligible for resettlement from abroad as a refugee, you must be a member of one of the following classes:

  • Convention Refugees Abroad or
  • Humanitarian-Protected Persons Abroad (Country of Asylum Class).
In addition, you must demonstrate an ability to re-establish your life in Canada and pass medical, security and criminality assessments.

For all applicants:

Document Checklist [IMM 5437] - May 2015

Undertaking/Application to Sponsor [IMM 5373] - August 2015 - Undertaking to sponsors convention refugees abroad and humanitarian-protected persons.

Sponsor Assessment [IMM 5492] - May 2015

Guide 6000 - Application for Convention Refugees Abroad and Humanitarian-Protected Persons Abroad [IMM 6000]

Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] - February 2015
Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP] - 2014
Schedule A – Background/Declaration [IMM 5669] - December 2012
Schedule 2: Refugees Outside Canada [IMM 0008 SCHEDULE 2] - October 2011

For Sponsorship Agreement Holders and Constituent Groups:

Settlement Plan — Sponsorship Agreement Holder or Constituent Group [IMM 5440] - October 2009

For Groups of Five:

Settlement Plan — Group of Five [IMM 5373A] - August 2015
Financial Profile — Member of Group of 5 [IMM 5373B] - August 2015

For Community Sponsors:

Settlement Plan and Financial Assessment — Community Sponsors [IMM 5515] - March 2014


Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] – September 2015
Add dependant(s) to a private sponsorship undertaking [IMM 5618] - September 2013

Guide 5496 - Request for a Refugee Profile

This application is for refugee sponsors who wish to receive information on refugees they can help settle in their communities. Use this form if you are a member of one of these groups:

  • Sponsorship Agreement Holders
  • Constituent Groups
  • Groups of Five
  • Community Sponsors

Request for a Refugee Profile [IMM 5438] - January 2014

Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] - September 2015

All CIC Application forms and Guides


Other useful information and websites

ORAT – Work Plan for Integration

In addition to their Handbook, RSTP has published 28 information guides on topics of importance for sponsoring groups ranging from tax receipts and healthcare to contacting CIC and understanding PTSD. This is an invaluable resource.

ORAT – Work Plan for Integration

Not only is this another helpful guide to the documents you will be required to fill out as well as examples of documents governing the relationship between a sponsoring group and sponsorship agreement holders.

Although this document is particular to ORAT, it nonetheless provides an interesting, day-by-day, week-by-week breakdown of the practical steps involved in sponsoring a newcomer and integrating them into a community. Other groups have used this as a basis for their own planning.