A2ACanada…I can tell you a little bit about the Canadian citizen sponsorship program because I participated in the start up of two groups and attended information sessions on it. So I know how it works.Bad news first…The program is what I’d describe as a ‘pull‡ program, which means individuals cannot apply directly to it. Instead, potential refugees for re-settlement are usually registered with UNHCR (you’re in Lebanon, which makes me think you may already be registered) and then - I believe - indicate where they would like to re-settle.On the Canadian side, there are two sponsorship options. There is government of Canada sponsorship, which sets an annual quota. And there is citizenship sponsorship, for which a group of volunteers raises money to sponsor a family to come to Canada. There is also a hybrid - which is part government and part volunteers…I believe it is called a blended visa.The citizen sponsorship group provides support services, transportation, and general help so families are supported both financially and with social contacts and information during their first year in Canada. It is a major undertaking for these sponsors…most groups must raise between $30,000 and $60,000 CAD.Demand for sponsorship exceeds the number of sponsorship spaces, both government sponsored and citizen sponsored. For 2021. the Canadian government has set a quota of 29,950 re-settled refugees, of which 19,000 are expected to be privately sponsored. (Please note - given the amount of fundraising and documentation required, I’d expect most of these people are already identified and in process. It takes 2 to 3 years for a sponsored individual/family to reach Canada.)Here is a bit of background on the private citizen sponsorship program: By the numbers - 40 years of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program It is a very unique program.Canada sets planned quotas for all these programs, both for immigrants and for refugees. Notice - Supplementary Information 2018-2021 Immigration Levels PlanCanada welcomes more privately sponsored refugees in 2019What I cannot tell you is *how* to get chosen at your end for sponsorship. You would need to be registered with UNHCR as a refugee and to have indicated an interest in re-settling in Canada. You would also have to pass security checks and health checks.But I don’t know how UNHCR designates which families or individuals are referred to Canada.The citizen sponsorship program does allow for groups to specifically sponsor a particular person or family. At the moment, there are a lot of Syrians already settled in Canada who are now attempting sponsorship fundraising to bring in additional family members. (I’ve donated to some of those. We have quite a few Syrian families in my community.)If you know someone in Canada who could form a sponsorship group on your behalf, that is another option. But that won’t be easy - there is much more demand than capacity and - at the moment - many of the Syrian families who arrived since 2021 have formed friendships in their new communities and are actively fundraising.You may also want to check the Immigration Canada website further for other options, including applying to immigrate. Anyone can apply.Start here:Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaHere is some general information on Canada’s refugee policy and some specific information on re-settling as a refugee, which may be of interest. How Canada’s refugee system worksResettle in Canada as a refugeeI have heard of people coming to Canada and then claiming refugee status. I do not know if this is a good idea or not. If it does work, then you’re admitted to Canada. If it does not work, then you’re likely to be deported and possibly banned from returning.I do not know enough to know if you should try this.