The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. The Department: admits immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who enhance Canada's social and economic growth; resettles, protects and provides a safe haven for refugees; helps newcomers adapt to Canadian society and become Canadian citizens; and manages access to Canada to protect the security and health of Canadians and the integrity of Canadian laws.
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This website of the Government of Canada provides information on how to apply for refugee status from within Canada, how to come to Canada as a refugee, and how to sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada. Additonal resources provided are; forms (applications, sponsorship, and publications such as a Guide to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program as well as links to relevant legislation (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada's largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRBdecides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.
ICCRC is the national regulatory authority designated by the Government of Canada to safeguard consumers who seek Canadian immigration advice and representation from immigration consultants. Federal law requires that immigration consultants in Canada or abroad, who provide Canadian immigration services for a fee, must be registered with ICCRC and accredited as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs). A self-governing regulatory body, ICCRC manages the profession’s entry-to-practice standards, professional requirements and a rigorous complaints and discipline process.
This online source of the consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada is provided by the Department of Justice Canada. The consolidations are generally updated on a weekly basis.
The uOttawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) brings together sponsorship experts, pro-bono lawyers, law students, and community organizations to offer direct support to Canadians seeking to sponsor refugees. The SSP has three primary components: a matching program, which provides sponsor groups with direct support from a pro-bono lawyer and law students (this program is available in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Sponsors outside Ottawa should consult our Pro Bono Lawyer list and contact a lawyer directly), a training program, which trains lawyers and law students on the completion of sponsorships, and provides ongoing support for their work through sponsorship experts, and a public information program, which provides Canadians with easy-to-understand materials regarding sponsorships.
Topics covered in this resource are:
- What is the Private Sponsorship of Refugees?
- Who can sponsor under the PSR Program? Who can be sponsored?
- What do you need to know about the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) and Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Programs?
- What is a sponsored refugee's immigration status?
- What are the sponsors' responsibilities?
- What is the role of a Settlement Counsellor in assisting privately sponsored refugees?
- What should settlement counsellors consider when supporting privately sponsored refugees?
- What should you do if you believe that refugees may not be receiving sufficient support?
Through its refugee protection system, Canada offers safe haven to persons with a well-founded fear of persecution, as well as those at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. This online resource from the Government of Canada describes in detail about Canada's refugee protection programs.
This website section from Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides information about work permits, getting credentials assessed, travelling and working in Canada, and hiring an internationally trained worker.
LawNow.org articles on Citizenship and Immigraion. Tax, employment, and legal obligations of new Canadians are popular topics.