I’m making an H&C application. What evidence do I need?

The that you need depends on the reasons for your .

Almost anything that makes others feel compassion and want to help can be the basis for a successful H&C application to become a .

An important factor is whether there’s a child who would be directly affected if you had to return to your country. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must consider what’s in the child’s best interests.

Send evidence with your application

You won’t have a hearing. And IRCC usually decides about an H&C application without interviewing you. So, it’s important to:

  • explain in your application all of the reasons they should allow you to stay in Canada, and
  • send the best possible evidence to support your application.

Send evidence while you wait for the decision

It can take a long time, even a few years, before you get a decision about your H&C application. And in that time, your situation can change.

It’s important to tell IRCC about changes. And if you get more evidence that supports your application, it’s a good idea to send it to IRCC.

Get legal advice

If you don’t include strong evidence that IRCC should accept your application, they’ll likely refuse it. It’s important to get legal help so that your application is as strong as possible.

A lawyer who knows immigration law can help you make the strongest possible application and can help you gather evidence to support it. Because H&C reasons depend on your situation, it’s important to get evidence that’s most helpful for you.

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