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Humanitarian And Compassionate Class

Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications also known as H&C are Canadian permanent residence applications that are filed within Canada. They are for people who do not have legal status in Canada but who have still made Canada their home. If you are someone, or you know someone, who is living in Canada without the proper paperwork, there still are options! You may be able to qualify for an H & C and obtain Canadian permanent residence status.

Who Qualifies for Humanitarian and Compassionate?

Applicants can use the H&C application to receive Canadian PR on humanitarian and compassionate grounds 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 Canadian PR
  • believe humanitarian and compassionate considerations justify granting the exemption(s) you need
  • are not eligible to apply for permanent residence from within Canada in any of these classes:

1.Spouse or Common-Law Partner

2.Live-in Caregiver

3.Caregivers: caring for children or people with high medical needs

4.Protected Person and Convention Refugees

5.Temporary Resident Permit Holder

You are NOT able to apply for Canada PR under H&C if 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