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Overview of Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C)
The Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) program is a unique initiative that helps applicants to get permanent Canadian residency. Applicants who failed to or do not qualify for permanent residency can qualify via H&C grounds. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act from Section 25 gives Canadian immigration the right to grant permanent residency tags to applicants under humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. However, there are specific rules and eligibility criteria that applicants must follow and comprise to apply for a humanitarian visa in Canada.
Factors for H&C Consideration
The immigration officials handle H&C applications on a case-by-case basis. There are a few factors they consider, including:
How settled is the applicant in Canada?
Whether any family ties in Canada?
Adverse country conditions (Whether the applicant’s origin country is facing any adverse condition like war, political inability, or natural disaster)
Applicant’s medical status and consideration (Whether it can’t be adequately treated in their home country)
Family consideration (Violence, separations, etc.)
What could happen if the application gets rejected?
If you want to apply for PR on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, consult our experts immediately.
Hardship in the Home Country!
When handling H&C cases, a crucial aspect is evaluating the potential difficulties the applicant may face only when they are forced to return to their home country by Canada Immigration. It is essential to thoroughly examine the applicant’s background and determine the social, economic, or personal hardships they or their family may encounter in their home country.
It’s essential to understand that individuals applying for Humanitarian and Compassionate cases don’t necessarily need to have experienced persecution. It’s important to note that H and C cases are distinct from Refugee cases.
Successfully applying for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Humanitarian and Compassionate Category can be challenging without demonstrating hardship.
Humanitarian Application Process
For a robust H&C application, it is imperative to submit application forms and accompanying documents demonstrating the above-mentioned factors.
After completing the application package and collecting the government processing fee of $550.00 CAD, you can submit your application to CPC Vegreville for processing.
Eligible for an H&C Application:
These are the eligibility criteria you need to meet for an H&C application.
You must be in Canada with a valid immigration status.
You must showcase/justify that you would face severe hardship if you were to be removed from Canada.
To strengthen your application, you must provide evidence like medical reports, police records, or letters from witnesses.
Who is Not Eligible to Fill Out the H & C Application?
The following applicants are not eligible to fill out the H&C application:
This refers to people who have applied for an H&C (Humanitarian and Compassionate) application but are still waiting for a decision.
People who have a pending refugee claim that still needs to be resolved.
People who were classified as foreign nationals in the past 5 years.
Benefits of Applying H&C Grounds:
Once your application gets approval under H&C grounds, you will be able to access numerous benefits, including:
The ability to stay in Canada even if you are inadmissible
The ability to bring your family to Canada.
The ability to study and work in Canadian institutes, universities, and agencies
The ability to access Canadian social services and benefits
Processing fee ($550.00 CAD)
Right of Permanent Resident fee ($500.00 CAD)
Spouse or principal applicant ($1050.00 CAD)
Dependent Child: ($150.00 CAD per child)
Biometric fee ($85.00 CAD per person)
H&C application must demonstrate that the applicant would face significant hardship if not granted permanent residence. Applying for H&C consideration can be a long and daunting process, but it can be a lifeline for foreign nationals facing severe hardship. We are ready to provide end-to-end assistance if you consider this option to get a permanent Canadian Visa.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I renew my PR card outside Canada?
No, you cannot renew your PR card outside Canada. You can only renew your PR card if you are physically present in Canada. If you are outside Canada and your PR card expires, you must apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD).
What are the rules for renewing a PR card in Canada?
To renew a PR card, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be a permanent Canadian citizen.
Your current PR card is either expired or will expire within nine months.
To renew your PR, you must pay the renewal fee.
You bring a collection of documents demonstrating your identity and permanent residency status.
How much time does it take to process an H&C application in Canada?
Generally, H&C applications take at least 12 to 24 months to process. However, it may take longer in specific cases, especially if additional factors, such as an interview or additional documentation, need to be considered.