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Citizenship and Immigration Canada

The web site of Citizenship and Immigration Canada has information, application forms, and guides on topics such as:

  • Visiting, studying, and working temporarily in Canada
  • Immigrating to Canada
  • Making a refugee claim
  • Becoming a permanent resident
  • Applying for citizenship
  • Sponsoring family members
  • International adoption

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Community Sponsorship

This website has information for private sponsors of refugees has information for groups who are already sponsoring refugees or intend to do so. Topics include:

  • Who can sponsor?
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • The sponsorship process
  • Sponsorship application forms
  • Refugee forms
  • Settlement preparation
  • The first year and beyond

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Refugee family reunification:Practical Guide

This guide is meant to assist community organizations serving refugees and immigrants who are confronted with barriers as they try to reunite with family members. It deals with these topics:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Family Law Issues for Immigrant, Refugee and Non-Status Women

If you or your partner came to Canada from another country, you may face both family law and immigration challenges when your relationship ends. This resource covers these topics:

Available in:

English, Français, American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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FCJ Refugee Centre

The FCJ Refugee Centre has information about refugee settlement and refugee protection, and features manuals, workshop presentations, and research of interest to refugees and front line workers.

Available in:

English, Français, Spanish

Produced by:

FCJ Refugee Centre

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Age of dependants in Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

On October 24, 2017, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will change to reinstate the maximum age for a dependent child as under 22 years.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Border Rights for Refugees

This know-your-rights guide is for non-U.S. citizens coming to Canada from the United States to make a refugee claim. It has four sections:

  • Coming by a port of entry
  • Making a refugee claim at a port of entry
  • Entering Canada somewhere other than at a regular port of entry
  • Protecting yourself

Available in:

English, Français, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Haitian Creole, Kurdish (Sorani), Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Tigryna, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese

Produced by:

No One Is Illegal

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Online Help Centre

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Online Help Centre is designed to answer questions about moving to Canada. It features several ways of finding information: You can search by keyword, by topic question and answer, and by what you wish to do in Canada, such as work, study, immigrate, visit, etc. There is also a section with the top 10 questions, and a glossary.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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How does Canada’s refugee system work?

This Settlement.Org article has information about refugee claims within Canada and outside of Canada, the rights of refugee claimants, Convention refugees, and persons in need of protection, and has links to further information.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017