To qualify for this program a displaced Tibetan must be living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India who:

  • can demonstrate their identity as a displaced Tibetan;
  • has resided in Arunachal Pradesh prior to, and continues to reside in Arunachal Pradesh since December 18, 2010;
  • has been matched with an approved sponsor in Canada through the Project Tibet Society, the  umbrella organization working with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on the implementation of this program;
  • are not inadmissible on grounds of security, criminality, war crimes and crimes against humanity, organized crime, health and misrepresentation; and
  • can demonstrate their ability to successfully establish in Canada.

Groups of Five

Public meeting on the Tibetan Resettlement Project in Miao, Arunachal Pradesh

A Group of Five is any group of five – or more – Canadians (18 years or older) who live in the community where the Tibetan family will settle. Members will ensure that the necessary support will be provided for the 12 months of the sponsorship. The group will need to show that they have the resources, expertise and commitment to fulfil the sponsorship.

Sponsors are responsible for providing care, lodging, settlement assistance and support for the duration of the sponsorship period. Normally, this is 12 months starting from the day of arrival in Canada or until the family has become self-sufficient, whichever comes first.

Sponsors will be responsible for helping access language training, look for a job, and extend ongoing friendships. They will provide encouragement and help to adjust to life in Canada; teaching the rights and responsibilities of permanent residence in Canada.

With the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (a Toronto-based organization), Project Tibet Society will ensure that the required training is provided to support this exciting initiative. In addition to this training, Project Tibet Society will help guide Groups of Five through all the necessary steps required and be their to counsel groups during the 12 month period.


Group of Five applications are available here:

In English:

In French:

Organizations wanting to sponsor Tibetans under the program:

Application form for existing Sponsorship Agreement Holders:

The operational bulletin for how the local CIC and Canadian High Commission in New Delhi will process the Tibetan applications:

For residents of Arunachal Pradesh


Tibetan Information Bulletin No. 1 is available at:

In English:

In French:


Tibetan Information Bulletin No. 2 is available at:

In English:


In French:

In Tibetan: