HUMANITARIAN AND COMPASSIONATE CASES
Canada is home to millions of individuals who value the opportunity to live in the country and contribute to its betterment. Some of those residing in the country may wish to apply for permanent residence and eventually citizenship under humanitarian and compassionate grounds. We can assist applicants with applying for permanent residence under these conditions.
Humanitarian and compassionate immigration applications or H&C are special permanent residence applications filed within Canada. Such applications are reserved for individuals residing in Canada, but do not possess legal status in the country.
Applicants must ensure they meet the eligibility requirements for Humanitarian and Compassionate permanent residence before applying. This includes:
- Foreign nationals currently residing in Canada.
- Those who are exempt from one or more immigration requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Actwhen applying for permanent residence.
- Those who believe their circumstances justify applying for permanent residence under H&C considerations.
- Those who cannot apply for permanent residence under spousal, live-in caregiver, protected persons, refugees, or temporary resident holder classes.
Applicants cannot apply on H&C grounds if:
- They have applied for refugee status and have an outstanding claim.
- Have become a designated foreign nationals in the 5 years preceding
- Have already submitted an H&C application and are awaiting a decision.
Prospective applicants who wish to apply for permanent residence under H&C considerations must first submit a request under subsection(1) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Alternatively, they can attach a public policy consideration (IMM 5283) with their permanent residency application.
Such applications must be completed and delivered according to requirements specified in section R10 of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Applicants inside Canada must pay processing fees for their H&C permanent residence application. These fees must be paid before their application is examined under subsection A25(1).
Applicants outside Canada must pay processing fees for their permanent resident visa application beforehand if they wish for their application to be considered. This fee is non-refundable, and will not be returned, even if the application is rejected.
Processing times for H&C applications vary from 18 to 24 months. However, they may take longer under certain circumstances. Prospective applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible if they wish to apply for permanent residence.
Why Choose Us?
Prospective applicants that are interested in applying for permanent residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate circumstances should get in touch with us. We understand the eligibility requirements and the application process for H&C immigration well. We can assist you with your application and help you make a great case for why you should be granted permanent residence under H&C grounds. Please contact us to learn more about applying for permanent residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
Our difference is that our principal Immigration Consultant, founder of Stein & Lovich Associates Inc., Lilia Merkoulovitch, always personally assesses each case and personally communicates with each client and no application ever gets submitted to the Canadian Immigration Office without her thorough review.