ST bARSAUMO sYRIAC oRTHODOX cHURCH, mARKHAM, oNTARIO, cANADA
Information for Church Refugees
The Sponsor is responsible to educate themselves on the application process
(i.e: from websites " see links below", or through their authorized representative)
The Sponsor must be a Canadian Citizen and lives in Canada and has to be a member of the Syriac orthodox Church
Church deals with one person only (the Sponsor), if the Sponsor elect to hire a third party to complete and deal with applications on their behalf , they will need to provide a letter of authorization of which the original is delivered to the church along with the application
Completing and following applications:
The sponsor, or his authorized agency, is responsible to complete forms in proper way and deliver to the church Refugee committee
Sponsor to provide payment in the form of certified cheque or money draft issued from a Canadian Bank. Cash payments or payment by a third party are not acceptable. No application will be processed without the payment attached to the file. Sponsor to deliver one payment per family
Application Approved (refugee still overseas)
Church has no means to cover any travelling costs
The Sponsor or the refugee to report to the church refugee committee, upon their arrival to Canada, with list of their names, through emails or other means. The Refugee will provide the church with a copy of their landing documents, contact address and phone number , after which the monthly payments will be authorized. Refugees will be offered to come to church for a welcome meeting
Paying back to refugees
Paying back will be on monthly basis after refugees arrive in Canada , no exceptions and irrelevant to future changes on applications and irrelevant to sponsor/refugee decisions or agreements or side deals
Questions and Answers:
How Can I sponsor refugees to Come to Canada , if I live in a different Country?
The Sponsor must be Canadian and lives in Canada and has to be a member of the Syriac orthodox Church
You may be able to help a refugee, if you can find a Canadian Sponsor to assist you in the process
Can I sponsor a refugee if I do not belong to your church
At this time the church has no enough human resources to be open to all applicants
I do not have a sponsor, can the church sponsor me/ my family?
Sponsorship is personal, and the church is assisting in the process, you will need to find a person who can sponsor you.
If I am the sponsor what are my legal and financial obligations
You will need to spend on all people you sponsored for one year, they will have no other means of support during this time but you. You are also responsible to help them settle, for details click on the ORAT link below
What if I am the sponsor and the refugee I sponsored, after arriving to Canada, decide to leave back
This a personal matter, the church may try to help solving issues but no guarantees on results, personal matters are personal
What if my sponsored refugees arrives in Canada , and for a reason I do not want to spend on them?
You are legally obliged to give financial and other help them settle, read and educate yourself on this matter before making a decision
Does the church have any financial or legal obligations toward the sponsors or refugees
The church has no means on fixing or solving problems, if an issue arise and the church is trapped in a middle of a conflict, this will affect the specific church applications of all other refugees ( i.e other applications may be put on hold)
I am a a sponsor, can I authorize someone to assist in completing the documents on behalf of myself and my refugee?
your choice, you may authorize a person or an agency. In some cases you will need to pay the third party for this service
If I am a refugee, what if I arrive to Canada and for any reason and decide to return back
It is strongly advised that you check with authorities of the country that you get back to & check their policies, even better before you apply in case you have that possibility in Mind. There was an incident when a family decided to leave Canada to the country they came from , in the airport they were given 48 hours to leave that country to the country of their citizen. Keep in mind that such regulations can change any time, it is your responsibility to check , you may make decisions or take risks, the church has no capability to confirm or take responsibility for other countries regulations. Also refugee application to Canada may be a one time matter ( i.e Canadian authorizes may decline your future application) . Also remember that the church will not be able to assist you after any decision beyond the scope of your application or if you are outside Canada
If I have any question not answered on line , what is the best way to communicate with the church
You may email to our church : email@example.com
For more detailed information: ORAT LINK: https://www.archtoronto.org/refugee
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