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Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications

Humanitarian and Compassionate applications, also known as H & C Applications ask the Canadian government of Canada to allow a person to stay in Canada due to compassionate reasons.

The objective of H & C's is to allow for flexible approval of deserving cases that aren't covered by legislation. Some considerations of H & C's include: inadmissibility, hardship and the best interests of a child.

Understanding Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications

Can I apply for a H & C?

You may apply for permanent residence from within Canada on a H & C basis if you:

  • are a foreign national currently living in Canada;

  • need an exemption from one or more requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) or Regulations in order to apply for permanent residence within Canada;

  • believe humanitarian and compassionate considerations justify granting the exemption(s) you need; and

  • are not eligible to apply for permanent residence from within Canada in any of these classes: 

    • Spouse or Common-Law Partner;

    • Live-in Caregiver;

    • Caregivers: caring for children or people with high medical needs;

    • Protected Person and Convention Refugees; and

    • Temporary Resident Permit Holder


When Can I not apply for a H & C?

You cannot apply for a H & C is you are:

  • ​A Canadian citizen, 

  • A permanent resident, 

  • Have submitted an H&C application for which a decision has not been made

  • Have an outstanding refugee claim,

  • Became a designated foreign national within the last 5 years.


To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about Humanitarian and Compassionate applications book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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