Synod 2019 instructed the executive director, in consultation with the appropriate CRC agencies, to identify and communicate appropriate legal and financial resources to assist churches and classes with immigration of pastors and their families. The following resources attempt to meet that request. They may also be useful to churches who are seeking to be of service to those in their congregations and neighborhoods who require immigration assistance.

U.S. Clergy to Canada

This document provides basic information that the CRCNA’s Human Resources office relies on when it assists Canadian congregations in calling a pastor from the United States. Congregations are encouraged to contact the HR office for additional questions.

Religious Worker Immigration to the U.S. 

This document provides basic information that the CRCNA’s Human Resources office relies on when it assists U.S. congregations in calling a pastor from Canada. Congregations are encouraged to contact the HR office for additional questions.

Additional Canadian Immigration Assistance 

Links to the Department of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, as well as contact information for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and other entities who may be of assistance in the immigration process.  

Additional U.S. Immigration Assistance

A list of non-profit agencies by state who may be of assistance in the immigration process.

Immigration Assistance for Worshipping Groups

Sometimes an immigrant group wishes to affiliate with the CRCNA, which involves both the congregation and the pastor. This post provides advice on how to navigate that request.

Immigration Advocacy (U.S.)

What are practical ways your church can welcome the stranger? Whether immigrants are already part of your neighborhood or living in communities farther away, the resources in these pages are meant to help individuals and congregations navigate this important conversation and get involved to bring about immigration reform in the United States.

Refugee Advocacy (Canada)

In this increasingly interconnected world, refugees are our neighbours. The Centre for Public Dialogue provides some resources to help you learn about refugees and consider ways to advocate for refugee justice.