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ISANS Private Sponsorship of Refugee Interest Form


This is a form for people who are interested in sponsoring family member(s) or a friend who fits the UNHCR refugee definition for private sponsorship.

In submitting this form, you are expressing interest in a refugee sponsorship application with ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia). The Canadian government limits the number of people that ISANS can sponsor.

In order to qualify for private refugee sponsorship with ISANS you have to meet admissibility, residency and viability of sponsorship selection criteria and requirements as stated below and in the information package:

1. Admissibility
The Refugee(s) being sponsored:
  • meets the refugee definition (for example, they are outside their country of origin) and there’s strong reason preventing him/her from returning to the original country.
  • Has a relationship with the sponsor (family or friend).
2. Residency requirement of co-sponsor
The Co-sponsor must:
  • be a resident of Nova Scotia
  • have lived in Nova Scotia for 2 years or more
  • Has settled well in the community

ISANS will only accept one interest form (survey) per household and the household cannot have other active sponsorships. For ISANS, active sponsorships means having one or more sponsorship files being processed by IRCC overseas and/or providing financial and settlement support to refugees who have arrived within this year. We have these criteria to ensure that as many people as possible are able to engage in private sponsorship.

3. Viability of sponsorship

Co-sponsors and Constituent group members are over 18 years of age and:
  • Have the support of a Constituent Group (community association) and a minimum of 5 volunteers to assist with the settlement of refugees
  • Do not have a criminal record.
  • Attend sponsorship and settlement orientation sessions
  • Have the financial capacity to sponsor the number of refugees requested (per ISANS rate schedule)
  • Have a completed budget
  • Have a completed settlement plan
Interest forms with incorrect or misleading information about the refugee, or the family they wish to sponsor may not be accepted

Please note that due to the large volume of interest in refugee sponsorship, this form, unfortunately, does not guarantee sponsorship with ISANS.

Click 'Next' to proceed with the application. You can choose to save your form and continue later by clicking the 'Save and Continue' button on the top right of each page. 

You must complete this form by January 15, 2022.