Exemption for Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

As of September 19, 2015, the Canadian government has issued an Exemption for Iraqi and Syrian Refugees who fled the current conflict in Syria and Iraq and who are currently outside of their country from the requirement to provide proof of refugee status in order to be sponsored under Canada Group of Five Sponsorship (G5) or by a Community Sponsor.

In the past, providing a proof of refugee status by an authorized body used to be a requirement for Iraqi and Syrian refugees who want to be sponsored under the G5 sponsorship or the community sponsor but that is not applicable any more for the nationals of those countries. This authorized body used to be either be the UNHCR or the government of the country (i.e., foreign state) where refugees are currently living.

This means that all nationals of Syria and Iraqi who got affected by the current conflicts and who has Canadian sponsors (at least 5 sponsors under G5) to submit an application for this sponsorship program.

Based on that public policy considerations, Canadian immigration officers are instructed to consider granting an exemption from asking the refugees of the noted nationals to proof their refugee status. Furthermore and to speed up the G5 Sponsorship or the Community Sponsorship, the Canadian immigration officers will focus their interviews with the refugees on security, criminality and medical screening requirements.