Humanitarian issues immigration in Canada

Persons not eligible to apply for permanent residence in the economic or family reunification categories may submit an application on humanitarian grounds provided certain conditions are met.

What are humanitarian considerations?

These requests are relatively complex, as each case must be carefully examined. The application can be approved or rejected depending on a number of factors, all at the discretion of the immigration officer.

For example, the applicant will have to rely on their ties of attachment, their family or friendships, or any other factor necessitating their presence in Canada.

In any case, the competent authorities must analyze each ground in order to see if the humanitarian consideration can be taken into account and justify the granting of the request.

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Some conditions relating to the request for humanitarian considerations

There are certain conditions that the applicant must meet before being able to submit a humanitarian and compassionate application. One of those conditions is that the request be made from within Canada.

These conditions are once again not exhaustive, and in order to know if you can submit such a request, we invite you to contact us to discuss the matter with an immigration professional.

This article contains general immigration information and does not constitute advice or legal guidance. For a full and detailed legal opinion as well as an assessment of your situation, contact our lawyer.

Alice Santamaria, immigration lawyer

Alice Santamaria has practiced exclusively in Canadian immigration law for several years in Montreal.

Passionate about defending her clients and the success of each immigration project, Me Santamaria represents each client by making sure to provide transparent, personalized, and professional service while maintaining a human approach.

Before becoming a lawyer, Me Santamaria completed a Master’s in International Law at the University of Montreal, worked at the United Nations in Geneva, and was involved in several associations fighting for human rights and defending the rights of immigrants and refugees.


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