Blended Visa Office-Referred Program

The Blended Visa Office-Referred Program (VOR) Program matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada.

The goal is to engage in a three-way partnership among the Government of Canada, the UNHCR, and private sponsors who are Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs).  A group working with a Sponsorship Agreement Holder is a ‘Constituent Group’.

The Government of Canada will provide up to six months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), while private sponsors will provide another six months of financial support and up to a year of social and emotional support.  Refugees are also covered under the Interim Federal Health Program for the duration of the sponsorship (one year), in addition to provincial health coverage.

Many of the refugees who can be sponsored in this program are sexual or gender minorities.

In 2013, Blended VORs cases can be selected from the following populations: Iraqis and Iranians in the Middle East, Eritreans in Eastern Sudan, Burmese in Malaysia, and Bhutanese in Nepal

The refugees sponsored under this program are already travel-ready and will arrive in Canada sooner, normally within 1-4 months.

By 2015, the goal is to match up to 1,000 refugees with sponsors each year through this program.  Learn more here.

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