The host country plays an important role in the treatment of refugees for resettlement by private entities. The mission of host countries is to facilitate exit permits, register asylum seekers, in some cases, determine refugee status and refer cases to UNHCR, and allow Canadian visa officers to work on their territory. The host country plays an important role in the treatment of refugees for resettlement by private entities. For example, some host countries require refugees to receive appropriate exit permits and documents to allow refugees to travel to Canada. Sponsorship Agreement Proponents (SAHs) are organizations that have an agreement with the government to facilitate the sponsorship of refugees. As a general rule, they work with constituent groups (CGs) that run the subdivision. If sponsorship involves collaboration between an SAH and a CG, payments can only be initiated by the SAH. When a CG attempts to withdraw, the Government of Canada must notify the SAH so that the SAH can make alternative arrangements for sponsorship (i.e., link refugees to another CG, recruit new sponsors, etc.). The SAHs are responsible for the sponsorship company of their CG (see 2.B.5), since the sponsorship contract is concluded between the Canadian government and the SAH.
SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT HOLDERS (SAHs): registered organizations that sign a sponsorship agreement with the Canadian government. Most SAH are faith-based, ethnocultural or humanitarian organizations. Because these are experienced partners with whom the Canadian government has established a relationship of trust, some application requirements are removed for these groups. THE SAHs, which may be local, regional or national, assume overall responsibility for the management of sponsorships as part of their agreement and assume financial responsibility for sponsorship. There are approximately 110 SAHs across Canada of different sizes. Large HSAs sponsor hundreds of refugees a year, while small HSAs could only sponsor half a dozen. The government sets limits for the total number of people allowed to apply for HSAs each year as a sponsor. Large HSAs generally sponsor refugees through junior groups known as constituent groups and/or in collaboration with co-sponsors. At the end of the sponsorship business, support groups may choose to continue to provide financial or housing assistance to refugees. Refugees can also turn to different social and local welfare providers as needed.
Student groups act as official sponsors in our refugee sponsorship model and are responsible for all aspects of sponsorship, from guaranteeing necessary funding (through declarations of intent with the administration that commit to waiver agreements and student dues collected in the referendums organized by the WUSC), to making social assistance and integration available for the refugee arriving each year.