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How To Apply Canada PR On Humanitarian And Compassionate Grounds

Many people that are not eligible to immigrate to Canada under any of its immigration programs may still qualify if they apply Canada PR on humanitarian and compassionate grounds or considerations.

Humanitarian and Compassionate applications are Canadian PR applications that are filed from inside Canada. This application is for people who do not have legal status to stay in Canada but who still made Canada their home.

If you are someone, or you know someone, who is currently living in Canada without the proper immigration paperwork, there are still available options! You may qualify for humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and obtain Canadian permanent residence status.

This article will examine who may apply on H&C consideration and how to apply for immigration to Canada on H&C grounds.

Who May Apply Canada PR on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds?

Not everyone can apply on H&C grounds. An applicant must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt or with supporting documentary evidence that he or she is eligible for H&C. This type of application is often the last resort to obtaining Canadian permanent residence.

CIC reserves the rights to consider an individual for PR under H&C grounds. Individuals without legal status may qualify for H & Cs if they have established themselves in Canada by virtue the following:

  • Family ties to Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents
  • Employment in Canada often without a valid work permit in Canada
  • Education in Canada often without a valid Canadian Study Permit
  • Volunteer work in Canada
  • Upgrade of French skills or English
  • Savings and property in Canada
  • Social ties or connections to Canada in their communities

How to Apply Canada PR on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds?

Applicants already residing in Canada must file two (2) forms: the general application form for immigration to Canada (form IMM 0008), and an application requesting consideration based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds (form IMM 5283).

Individuals residing outside of Canada must use the application forms for one of the three immigration classes (economic, family, or refugee) and support it with documents explaining why humanitarian and compassionate grounds should apply.