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Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application

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This information is for front-line workers and advocates working with women who have experienced family violence and who have questions about their immigration status in Canada.

Immigration law in Canada is complicated. It is easy to make a serious mistake. It is important that a woman with concerns about her immigration status try to get legal help.

This fact sheet explains:

  • what a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application is
  • what Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) considers in deciding an H&C application
  • what kind of evidence can support the application

This information may be important for women who want to stay permanently in Canada, and are thinking of making an H&C application.