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Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application

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Hardship

In many cases, an H&C application is based on the hardship the applicant would face if they had to leave Canada.

Examples of hardship or difficulties that an applicant might face in their own country could include:

  • a lack of adequate health care
  • poverty
  • discrimination based on religion, gender, or something else
  • laws, practices or customs in a woman's home country that might put her at risk of abuse or social stigma

IRCC is not allowed to consider the risks that are considered by the Immigration and Refugee Board when it decides a refugee claim. But the same situation that puts someone at risk may also be a reason for a successful H&C application.

For example, a woman who is at risk because of an abusive spouse in her home country may also be able to show H&C reasons she should not be forced to return to that country.

An immigration lawyer may be able to present her case in a way that shows H&C reasons rather than risk.