“Family-linked” is the term we use for any refugee sponsored at the request of someone here in Manitoba, Canada, who will agree to support them for the one-year requirement after they arrive here as our guarantor (the “family-link guarantor”).
A $100 processing fee will be charged to the family-link guarantor for each IMM0008 form submitted. The Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land and the Roman Catholic Archiepiscopal Corporation of Winnipeg through whom Hospitality House sponsors, are permitted to levy this charge by the Government of Canada.
Preferably in Winnipeg, and intend to stay. We insist on this because this is the only way we can follow up on the case satisfactorily, both during the waiting period for them to arrive, and during the one year of our responsibility after arrival. This is also the expectation of those Manitobans who give financial support for our refugee sponsoring program (including the City of Winnipeg under whose Assurance Agreement all family-linked Winnipeg sponsorships will be registered); this is now also a requirement of the Canada Immigration office in Winnipeg.
Verified by a letter from the employer where requested, the means to be able to support the arriving refugee(s) and in the usual case, have been in Canada for at least two years. The family-link guarantor must sign an agreement with us agreeing to provide all necessary financial support.
That of a friend will do if you don't have one yourself. The family-link guarantor must advise us of any change in his or her address, phone number or email address; if we lose contact we may have to cancel the sponsorship.
(Form IMM0008) under the Option 3 process, working with the sponsored refugee overseas to provide us with fully completed and signed forms (with photos - see separate instructions for photos) that we can then file with Immigration Canada in Winnipeg.
Like Liberia for example. A record of too many rejections destroys the credibility of both the sponsoring organization and the entire Private Sponsorship of Refugees program of the Government of Canada.
The work of Hospitality House can only continue if it has the necessary financial support to do so. It now has a number of donors that provide its modest budget, but operating costs continue to be a challenge, and also those costs that arise from the "full sponsorship" cases that Hospitality House takes on. Family-link guarantors are encouraged to become Friends of Hospitality House and provide it with regular financial support. We are a registered charity and can issue receipts for income tax purposes.