2. Learn about H&C reasons
Question & AnswerI’m in Canada. How do I apply to stay permanently on H&C grounds?
When you apply for status on , you can give any reasons that you believe support your application.
Your H&C application can be successful based on almost anything that makes others feel compassion and want to help. And if a child would be directly affected if you were forced to leave Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must consider what’s in the child’s best interests. See Step 3 to learn more about this.
Reasons that may help to support an H&C application
Here are some examples of reasons that might help to support an H&C application:
- how established or settled you are in Canada
- your ties to Canada, for example, if family members live here
- what will happen if members of your family are separated
- your physical health or mental health concerns
- family violence that you’ve experienced or will experience if you’re forced to leave Canada and how that affects you
- hardship or difficulties that you might face if you’re forced to leave Canada
Examples of hardship or difficulties that you might face could include:
- health care that’s not adequate for you
- discrimination based on religion, gender, or something else
- laws, practices, or customs that might put you at risk, for example, a risk of being abused
IRCC must consider whether your application is strong enough, based on all of the reasons. Most successful H&C applications are not based on one reason alone.