Last updated on September 29th, 2019
Subsection 25(1) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides immigration officers with the flexibility to grant on humanitarian and compassionate (“H&C“) exemptions to overcome the requirement of obtaining a permanent residence visa from abroad and/or to overcome class eligibility requirements and/or inadmissibilities.
H&C applications may be based on a number factors, including:
- establishment in Canada;
- ties to Canada;
- the best interests of any children affected by their application;
- factors in their country of origin (this includes but is not limited to: Medical inadequacies, discrimination that does not amount to persecution, harassment or other hardships that are not related to a fear of return based on refugee determination factors;
- health considerations;
- family violence considerations;
- consequences of the separation of relatives;
- inability to leave Canada has led to establishment; and/or
- any other relevant factor they wish to have considered not related to a fear of return based on refugee determination factors.
The purpose of this post is to focus on the establishment factor.
Establishment in Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Guidelines (the “Guidelines“) provides that the degree of an applicant’s establishment may be assessed by analyzing the following questions:
- Does the applicant have a history of stable employment?
- Is there a pattern of sound financial management?
- Has the applicant remained in one community or moved around?
- Has the applicant integrated into the community through involvement in community organizations, voluntary services or other activities?
- Has the applicant undertaken any professional, linguistic or other studies that show integration into Canadian society?