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Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application

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Supporting letters from the following people might help support an H&C application:

  • family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents — include how they are related to the applicant, why the applicant should be allowed to stay, and the impact on the family if she is forced to leave Canada
  • employers — include the applicant's job title and the nature of the work, work history with the employer, rate of pay, and any positive comments that the employer can make about the applicant
  • schools or training programs — for example, to show attendance and progress at school
  • women's shelters or counsellors — for example, to show that a woman tried to get help because of family violence
  • therapists or counsellors — to show that a woman has concerns about how she will deal with hardship or difficulties she would face if returned to her country of origin
  • religious leaders or community members — for example, showing that the applicant is involved in a faith community or community activities of any kind as a volunteer or participant
  • friends and neighbours — for example, showing that the applicant is a valued member of a community

Letters from people who know the applicant should include:

  • the date
  • the name of the writer
  • how they know the applicant and when they met
  • their contact information, including phone number and address
  • a photocopy of a document that proves the writer's status as a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, unless the letter is from a service provider or professional and is on letterhead

Letters should be signed by the writer and are more helpful if they are detailed.