Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship changes lives—including your own. Learn about what's involved and how to get started.

Sponsorship is the ultimate act of welcome—and anyone can do it.

Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of everyday Americans have stepped up to provide a bridge to safety and a path to opportunities for families seeking refuge in the United States through ground-breaking government programs.

Sponsors are guides, neighbors, friends, and cheerleaders for newly arriving families seeking to rebuild their lives in the U.S.

Already know a family member or friend who you want to sponsor? Find out how to move forward.

Start your sponsor journey today

What is sponsorship?

Find out what sponsorship involves, and see if it's a good fit for you. Depending on how much time you have, here are three ways to learn more.

Got 2 minutes?

Watch a short video introduction to sponsorship.

Watch the video

Got 5 minutes?

Review an in-depth introduction to sponsorship with answers to FAQs.

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Got 10 minutes?

Take an interactive training session to learn what it takes to be a successful sponsor.

Take the training
"As the son of a refugee, I am inspired by the Welcome.US mission. ... By signing up as a sponsor, you can give immigrants a chance to rebuild their lives and enrich your own."
Nicholas Kristof, Columnist for the New York Times and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
"I’d say to people: Take the leap [to become a sponsor], because you won’t be alone. There’ll be lots of people to catch you and help you and hold you and make this work. I’ve just been stunned. Every time we’ve reached out, someone has offered something."
Elizabeth Langland, Sponsor
"If people like myself who live in comfort and security don’t try to help, then ultimately evil wins, and that’s unacceptable."
Bon Bennett, Sponsor
"What a shame it would be for any child, parent, or family not to thrive because the only thing they were lacking was a chance. Sure, you will have to do some work, help out and probably fill out more papers than you want to, but at the end of your life would you rather be well rested, living an easy life and alone, or exhausted, tired but surrounded by friends knowing you helped where you could."
Dave Kuntz, Sponsor

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Who do you want to sponsor?

An unprecedented 27.1 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes due to war, economic instability, and natural disasters. See which groups are in urgent need of sponsors.

Sponsor refugees from around the world

Sponsor groups can bring refugees from around the world to safety via the Welcome Corps. You can be among the first class of sponsors for this innovative new government program.

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Sponsor people from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

People from these countries are experiencing urgent crises, and Americans can now sponsor them through the Process for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans (P4CHNV).

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Sponsor Ukrainians

Under the Uniting for Ukraine program (U4U), Americans can sponsor people seeking refuge from war the war in Ukraine.

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Join the Welcome Corps

Introducing a new service opportunity for Americans to sponsor refugees from around the world, many of whom have waited years for the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
Learn more on the Welcome Corps site

How would you prefer to sponsor?

The U.S. now has multiple ways for Americans to sponsor. You can sponsor on your own; with a group of friends and neighbors; or as part of a church, club, or another organization. Learn about the options.

What is the Welcome Corps?

The Welcome Corps is a new service opportunity for groups of Americans across the country to welcome refugees who are seeking safety in the U.S. Like the Peace Corps, it’s an innovative government program that gives everyday Americans the opportunity to change lives, including their own.

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What is Humanitarian Sponsorship?

Humanitarian sponsorship allows Americans to provide a pathway to safety for families caught in urgent crises in Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

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Be a Welcomer

Discover how rewarding it can be to welcome newcomers into your community.