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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Why is the suspension of the intake of new sponsorship applications being extended?

The Qu├ębec Collective Sponsorship Program was extensively solicited over the last few years, and as a result many applications are in inventory.

The Immigration Plan for 2018, tabled in the National Assembly in October, provides for the admission of between 4,050 and 4,400 sponsored refugees. This means that, taking into account the existing application inventory, the arrival of people whose files are currently being processed by the federal government will likely extend through to 2020.

Does the suspension only involve Syrian refugees?

No. Suspension of acceptance of sponsorship applications involves all new applications, regardless of the country of origin.

Does temporary suspension concern applications presented by groups of 2 to 5 persons?

Yes. Temporary suspension of acceptance of new applications is intended for all types of applications, including those presented by groups of 2 to 5 persons.

Is joint sponsorship permitted?

No, joint sponsorship has been suspended along with the other forms of sponsorship..

Until when is the suspension expected?

The Ministère plans to suspend the intake of new collective sponsorship applications until August 15, 2018.

Will Québec welcome refugees in 2018?

Yes. Québec will continue to welcome refugees of all origins, taking into account the Immigration Plan for 2018, as well as its accommodation capacity.

Will Québec select government-assisted refugees in 2018?

Yes. The suspension of the intake of new applications under the Collective Sponsorship Program will have no impact on the selection of government-assisted refugees.

How can I help refugees other than through sponsorship?

If you wish to help refugees, you can:


What should I do if my undertaking application lapses during the temporary suspension period?

It is always possible to submit a new application in the event that the previous application has lapsed.

What should I do if I want to add a dependent (spouse, child) on my application during the temporary suspension period?

It is always possible to submit a new undertaking agreement in the event that a dependent is to be added on an application that has already been submitted.

I would like to sponsor my spouse, my child, a parent or one of my grandparents. Does the suspension also apply to the family class?

Family class undertaking is always possible, in accordance with the usual procedures.

Processing time

What is the federal government’s processing time?

For information on the federal government’s processing time, consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Website.

My undertaking application was accepted by Québec a while ago. Why have the persons that I am sponsoring still not arrived yet?

The federal government’s processing time depends on a series of factors: backlog of applications, processing time in each Canadian visa office, medical examinations, security investigations, etc.

Can the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion do something to accelerate the processing of applications by the federal government?

No. The Ministère cannot intervene in the processing of applications that are in the hands of the federal government.

Collective Sponsorship Program Reform

Why are changes being made to the Collective Sponsorship Program?

Our consultations with various stakeholders and refugees have underscored the need for an in-depth review of the Collective Sponsorship Program. Furthermore, we have received many sponsorship applications as part of the Operation Welcome Syrian Refugees and inventories have increased considerably, extending the wait time for sponsored refugees.

How will the Collective Sponsorship Program Reform be beneficial?

The changes that will be made to the Collective Sponsorship Program will, among other things, strengthen the management of welcoming and accompanying refugees so that they can participate in Québec society in French. They will also specify the roles and responsibilities of each Collective Sponsorship stakeholder: organizations, groups and relatives in Québec.


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