Humanitarian and Compassionate Program

Humanitarian and Compassionate Program

When individuals with exceptional cases are not eligible to apply for permanent residence, they may become permanent residents based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds ( H&C).

Citizenship and Immigration Canada assesses such applications on a case-by-case basis and applicants must provide persuasive factors to be allowed to immigrate to Canada under the H&C program. Applicants may apply for permanent residence in Canada or to the visa office outside Canada. However, approval rates of H&C applications are higher for applications submitted in Canada.

Main factors to be considered by the immigration officer:

Who can apply for humanitarian and compassionate program?


Five-year bar is applied to the following cases

Applicants under removal order

Application for H&C does not prevent or delay removal from Canada. However, removals may be deferred on a case-by-case basis.


There is no right to appeal H&C refusals. However, we have successfully resubmitted complex H&C applications and received favorable decisions for our clients in Canada.

Contact us today if you are seeking assistance to apply for a Humanitarian and Compassionate Program.