Applying for Permanent Residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds
Submitting an application for permanent residence is never easy. Now, submitting an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (PR with H&C) consideration is a more difficult than any other type of permanent resident application. In fact, this is arguably the most complex application to submit, aside from applying for refugee status. This is because you are asking for permanent residence without being eligible to apply through any of the regularly accepted channels. Rather, you are applying on the grounds you would suffer a life of extreme hardship if sent to return to your home country. You are essentially asking for the Government of Canada’s sympathy over your situation, to avoid being sent back to your country of origin. Considering this, it is important to understand when applying for PR with H&C, you are responsible for convincing an immigration officer you should not be sent back to your home country.
Who Should Apply for PR with H&C?
Well, as mentioned, you should only apply for PR with H&C if you are not eligible for any other pre-existing immigration program. Furthermore, you should apply for PR with H&C if you would suffer undue harm upon return to your home country, and therefore you cannot return. Finally, you should apply for PR with H&C if you are already in Canada at the present time, and can prove you have established a life in Canada. If forced to leave your life in Canada, you would suffer harm in doing this as well.