After the application has been submitted, the hardest part immediately follows: the waiting. While we would like to know every step during the application process, the governing authorities are often quiet. Silence often lets to imaginations and worries and concerns. The following are resources for your sponsorship group to check applications, processing times and how to manage the time before the family arrives.


Visa offices around the world can sometimes quicken or lengthen their application process times. This link provides an opportunity to check how long an application will take from time of submission to time of visa approval.


A new feature added to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada website. This is a wonderful tool that allows you to check the process of the family’s application at any time. Information required for your inquiry will be: the ‘G’ or ‘UCI’ file number and the full name, date of birth and place of birth of the principal applicant.


The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) has created a very helpful guide for refugees to prepare for the interview while the family waits. This is a great resource to use before families are notified of their interview date and provides a way for the sponsorship group to help support them. Written in seven languages, there are links including what to do during and after the interview.