I predict that there will be an increase to the number of Humanitarian and Compassionate applications (for Permanent Residence) as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic is wreaking havoc with the plans made by many foreign nationals living in Canada hoping to make this country home. Many will lose their status and many will lose their (once viable) plans for Permanent Residence in Canada. One solution may be an application under s.25(1) -the Humanitarian and Compassionate or H&C application.
Here’s some more background on this type of application:
In my opinion, the “door” was already opening wider for the H&C -it’s powerful tool depending on the circumstances. For example, we used it extensively for clients affected by the Nepal earthquakes a few years ago.
The H&C of course is a discretionary tool -I’ve seen good applications fail and seemingly weak ones succeed. Each decision maker/officer brings his or her own value judgments to such applications.
I’m also sure the H&C will be touted as a miracle cure/fix-all by some unscrupulous advisers.
Our high success rate is partly attributable to the fact that we screen and put forward applications that we think are meritorious and could succeed.
I’ve also discussed the Humanitarian and Compassionate application on our firm blog, found here. If you have questions regarding this application and whether you can benefit from such an application, please do not hesitate to contact the office.