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FAQ Humanitarian and Compassionate

What is the Procedure for H & C Applications?

The completion of application forms, and supporting documentation showing the factors above are necessary for a good H & C application. Once the application package is complete and the government processing fee is collected, the application can be submitted. The application package should have a very detailed submission letter outlining all the H & C factors of the applicant and should explain why the immigration officer assessing the case should approve the application. Note that H & C cases are discretionary, that is, the immigration officer assessing the case can refuse or approve the case based on their own assessment. Therefore it is extremely important to prepare a very strong submission letter and collect persuasive supporting documentation in support of the Humanitarian and Compassionate Application.

How long does the application take to process?

Applications can take around 18-24 months to process, but sometimes longer depending on the case. During the application process, the applicant remains in Canada to await a decision. It is not recommended that the applicant travel outside of Canada during the H & C application processing period. An interview may be required, as well as a request for additional documentation. Interviews will be conducted at their local IRCC office.

What happens if my H & C application is approved?

If your Humanitarian and Compassionate application is approved, you will be asked to undergo immigration medical examination and obtain police clearance. Once the medical and police clearance are passed, you will be called in to pick up your Canadian Permanent Residence Card (PR Card).

What happens if my H & C application is refused?

If your Humanitarian and Compassionate application is refused, then it is essential to act fast! You have only 15 days to appeal the refusal to the Federal Court of Canada. Appealing to the Federal Court involves showing the judge that the immigration officer who refused your case made an error in law and/or fact. This is not an easy job. However, success is indeed possible. For further information, contact us.