HUMANITARIAN AND COMPASSIONATE
An application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds may be submitted when an applicant is in Canada without status and there is no immigration program under which they are eligible to apply. This type of application is only approved in exceptional cases and the onus is on the applicant to show that the case is deserving of humanitarian and compassionate considerations. Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will assess a multitude of factors when making a decision, and every person’s situation is unique. Factors such as how long the person has been in Canada, how deeply they are established through work, school, family and community, if they have made a positive contribution to Canada (for example, by volunteering), if they have close family ties in Canada, and how their life would be affected if they had to leave Canada. In particular, IRCC will consider how the decision would affect any children directly involved. This is one type of application where documents collected must go beyond the basic checklist and be expertly organized, accompanied by a compelling narrative. We have represented countless applicants in this category and you will benefit from our professional experience, as the laws are very complex. With over 25 years of experience in immigration, our lawyers will be able to advise you on the viability of the case, answer your questions, and create a strong strategy to help you win an approval.