Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds
In some situations people who cannot fit into the right program may still need to come to Canada. These are people who would not normally be eligible to become permanent residents of Canada; they may however be able to apply on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds apply to people with exceptional cases. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Factors that are taken into consideration include:
- How settled the person is in Canada
- General family ties to Canada
- The best interests of any children involved, and
- What could happen to you if you are not granted the request.
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds are only considered if you are applying for permanent resident status in Canada, or for a permanent resident visa abroad. Requests are not considered from temporary resident applicants.
Risk factors such as persecution, risk to life, cruel and unusual treatment or punishment are not assessed.
You cannot apply for humanitarian and compassionate grounds if you have a pending refugee claim. If you want to apply, you must withdraw your refugee claim before your Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) hearing.
If you feel this option may apply to you, please contact us for a more detailed consultation to discuss the option further.