Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
If a person is already residing in Canada, he or she may be able to obtain permanent residence status by filing a Humanitarian and Compassionate application (H&C application). In an H&C application, the decision maker will look at a person’s establishment in Canada, the hardship they will face if they are returned to their home country, and the best interests of any children that will be affected by the person’s removal. The decision maker will then decide if there are sufficient humanitarian reasons to allow the person to obtain permanent residency from within Canada.
A person is not eligible to apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds if:
- they have a pending refugee claim;
- they have received a negative decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board in the past year; or
- they have been declared a “designated foreign national” by the Minister of Public Safety.
If you would like to find out more information about seeking permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, you can set up a consultation by clicking here.
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