Canada Refugee

The permanent refugee programme in Canada is for people who are from an area where they may face extreme torture or persecution as a result of their faith, ethnicity, race, or other characteristics.

If you are referred by a designated referral organization or a private sponsorship group, you can enter Canada as a refugee.

You can work in Canada once you arrive as a refugee, but you’ll need a work visa, which you won’t have to pay for. Furthermore, Canada offers health and educational services to the refugees it hosts, assisting them in establishing a productive existence.

A refugee may become a permanent resident of Canada, but only if he or she applies.

If a refugee wants to fly, the Canadian government issues a Refugee Travel Document because the refugee is unable to travel with their own passport or obtain a Canadian travel document.

Who is it for?

You must be referred to come to Canada as a refugee. You may be referred to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a designated referral organization, or a private sponsorship company by the UNHCR, a designated referral organization, or a private sponsorship group. As a refugee, you cannot apply directly to us.

To be referred, you must fall into one of these two refugee classes.

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How to qualify?

To come to Canada as a refugee, you must be referred.

You may be in this class if you:

  • Are outside your home country, or the country where you normally live, and.
  • Have been seriously affected by civil war or armed conflict, or.
  • Have been denied basic human rights on an ongoing basis.

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The process

If you are referred, you will need to fill out the application package to apply as a Convention refugee or as a humanitarian-protected person abroad. You will need to pass a medical exam and security and criminal check.

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Note: The province of Quebec selects its own refugees

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The documents needed

In order to resettlement in Canada as a refugee, a person must meet the criteria of the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees: he or she must have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political.

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Government fees

Fees$CAN

Your application

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

1,325
Your application (without right of permanent residence fee)825

Include your spouse or partner

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

1,325
Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee)825
Include a dependent child225(per child)

If you or your family need to give biometrics, pay your biometrics fees at the same time you pay your other fees. Pay all fees using the same payment method.

Fees$CAN
Biometrics – per person85

Biometrics – per family (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place

170

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Additional information

You are not eligible if:

  • you have another stable option for protection, such as an offer to be resettled in another country,
  • you become a citizen of another country, which will then protect you,
  • you choose to return to the country you left, or
  • The reasons you left your country no longer exist.

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