GROUP OF 5
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
FROM RSTP AND THE CCR
In January 2021, an online info-session on Group of Five applications was hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees and by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. These are an edited version of notes from that meeting.
Are newcomers eligible in their first year to get student loans / grants for education programs at colleges and universities?
Newcomers are eligible to have access to student loans/grants for education programs at colleges and universities. However, this will also depend on the specific requirements for the chosen grant/loan. Newcomers and sponsors will need to be aware that the repayment of these loans are the sole responsibility of the newcomer. It is not a requirement from the sponsor.
How to sponsor refugees in Group 5 category from different countries that don't have UNHCR office ? India, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and many other countries .
Refugee Status Determination (RSD) can be done by the government of the country of asylum, or the UNHCR office in that country. Usually, refugee applicants overseas would be counselled by the local UNHCR office or the local authorities of the county of asylum on how to apply for asylum in that country and what the process is for refugee status determination.
Read this explanation of RSD on the UNHCR website: https://www.unhcr.org/refugee-status-determination.html. '
RSTP has several documents on the RSTP website that talk about the RSD process and RSD documents:
Family reunification: if the refugees are overseas and the children are here in Canada, how can you bring them together faster?
In regards with opening a bank account by two account holders (sponsors), can a family member of the refugees such as parents who live outside Canada provide the fund for the account?
G5 trust fund applications are being rejected while clear bank documents are attached. Some officers approve without any problem while others ask for additional documentation which causes unnecessary delay. There needs to be clarity and uniformity in trust fund cases.
When submitting a PSR application, sponsors must be able to provide enough convincing documentations showing the origin of the funds provided. The goal is to prove to ROC-O that funds will not only be available upon arrival of the refugee but that it is also not coming from the refugee themselves. A bank letter and bank account statements must be submitted alongside with proof of deposits/transfers of the funds being deposited in the account.
If the funds come from the sponsors themselves, each contributing sponsor must complete a Financial Profile form IMM5373 and submit proof of income documents (such as the notice of assessment). Sponsors must pass the financial assessment which can be found in the guide in order for their contribution to be approved. If the funds come from members outside the sponsorship group, documentations such as proof of e-transfer/donation, copy of cheque, employment letter from donor should also be included.
More information on G5 Proof of funds can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-sponsor-refugee-groups-five.html#step3