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This category of immigration encompasses extenuating circumstances and is specifically designed for individuals who do not meet the standard eligibility criteria for obtaining permanent residency in Canada. The humanitarian and compassionate grounds provision allows for individuals with exceptional cases to apply for permanent residency. The assessment of these applications is conducted on an individualized basis, taking into consideration various relevant factors.

  • The level of settlement of the person in Canada.
  • The general familial connections to Canada
  • The welfare of any children implicated
  • The potential consequences of not being granted permanent residency in Canada.

This category allows for individuals to apply for permanent residency in Canada through the humanitarian and compassionate grounds (H&C) pathway, provided that they meet the following criteria:

  • Possess foreign national status and are currently residing in Canada;
  • Require an exemption from one or more provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA);
  • Believe that compelling humanitarian and compassionate factors support the necessity for the requested exemption(s)
  • Individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria cannot apply for permanent residency from within Canada under any of these categories
    • Spouses or Common-Law Partners
    • Live-in Caregivers
    • Caregivers who provide care for minors or individuals with significant medical needs
    • Protected Persons and Convention Refugees
    • Holders of Temporary Resident Permits.

This category accommodates individuals who do not meet the standard requirements under the immigration act and regulations, but whose circumstances warrant favorable evaluation based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations.

Please consult with us if you believe that your circumstances warrant evaluation under this category.