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Health and Dental care for refugees in Canada

Health and Dental care for refugees in Canada

Immigrating to Canada as a refugee

In Canada, Interim Federal Health Program also known as IFHP, is usually paid for the essential health care of refugee applicants, directed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once the certificate of eligibility is issued by an IRCC or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), you can take benefits of IFHP coverage.

Am I covered by IFHP

If you are a refugee, who is not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance, IFHP offers you a limited, temporary coverage of health care benefits. A person must not be a Canadian citizen to be entitled for the IFH Program, and must belong to one of the following groups:

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Canada’s Refugee System

Canada’s Refugee System

What are Refugees

Are you or someone you know living in fear of persecution or danger of death in their home country? Are you seeking somewhere safer to live with your family? Canada offers those who are experiencing danger in their home countries a safe place to live and contribute to society. These people are called refugees. Refugees are people who have fled their countries because of a well-founded fear of persecution. They have seen or experienced many horrors in their home countries, and therefore, they are not able to return home.

The major difference between a refugee and an immigrant is the main purpose of coming to Canada. An immigrant is a person who has the “choice” to settle permanently in Canada. A refugee is “forced” to flee.

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Canada Biometrics Updates

Canada Biometrics Updates

Biometrics for Immigration

As you may know, a big part of Canadian immigration applications is the biometrics. Biometrics uniquely identify a person’s anatomical or physiological data. At your biometrics appointment, you will get your fingerprints and photos, taken, and you will sign your name for electronic capture. Biometrics collection is a mandatory process that all foreign nationals (excluding United States nationals) between the ages of 14 and 79 must undergo when they are applying, claiming or requesting temporary residence, permanent residence or refugee protection. If obtaining biometrics for your immigration purposes sounds daunting to you, do not worry! In this blog, you will learn relevant information about biometrics.

What Biometrics are Collected

When you are at your biometrics appointment, you will be obtaining your biographic data, 10 fingerprints, and a photograph. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will also collect the information from your biometrics. You biographic data refer to your name, date of birth, and other personal details of yourself as listed on your passport data page or your travel document. Your fingerprints will be captured electronically during the biometrics collection session, using an electronic fingerprint-capture device. Lastly, you will provide your digital photograph. Please note, the photograph you provide must meet certain requirements listed on the CIC website. Some requirements include, facing the camera directly, keeping your expressions neutral, keeping your face clear, etc.

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Sponsoring Syrian or Iraqi refugees through Group of Five

Sponsoring Syrian or Iraqi refugees through Group of Five

Group of Five Sponsorship

Looking to sponsor Syrian or Iraqi refugees to Canada but not sure how you can be of assistance aside from making donations to refugee supporting programs? Well, one way you can be of help is through sponsoring refugees under the Group of Five (G5) program. A Group of Five sponsorship program enables five Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor a refugee and its family members that live abroad and relocate to Canada for permanent residency. These group members that are sponsoring have to be18 years of age or older and these individuals can either be family members, friends or anyone else who intend to sponsor these persons for better life in Canada. Also, these groups of sponsors have to live in the same community in which the refugee is expected to settle at and they must agree to provide financial and emotional support for the length of the sponsorship.

Who can Sponsor a Refugee to Canada?

To be eligible to sponsor a refugee to Canada, they have to be recognized as refugees by either United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state. So the sponsor has to provide a copy of their refugee status recognition certificate, also known as the mandate letter from the UNHC. So if you are refugee and have gone through the process of status determination then you should have these documents with you. This document is not the same UNHCR registration card or Asylum Seeker Certificate. In some countries its state processes their own refugee cases for status determination. So if you have refugee status from the country you are taking asylum then include proof of that documentation with your refugee sponsorship application.

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Refugee Status

Refugee Status

What do you do if you are refused?

If you are refused you can stay in Canada while you apply for an appeal. When you apply for your appeal you will need to also make submissions for a Pre Removal Risk Assessment.

While you are doing the above, it may also be an idea for you to make an application for Permanent Residence in Canada which would be based upon humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

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