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H&C Permanent Residency

Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications

  • Can changes be made to your PR application after it's submitted?
    No changes cannot be made on the portal after submission, but you must update IRCC on any changes via a Webform.
  • What documents are crucial for work experience evidence when applying for PR after an ITA?
    You need reference letters, employment agreements, taxation documents, pay slips, and possibly a labor market impact assessment for arranged employment.
  • How do you find and compare your job with the NOC descriptions?
    Use the government's NOC database to compare the government's NOC description with your job offer to ensure they align.
  • What is the significance of a job offer in the Express Entry profile?
    A valid job offer can provide additional points in the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) and can be crucial for the success of the application. It must be supported by an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) or an offer of employment if exempt.
  • What are "optional documents" in the context of a PR application?
    Optional documents include any additional information or explanations that could not be included in the main sections of the application, such as letters of explanation.
  • What might happen if you're unable to support the full score of your ITA?
    If your score is adjusted based on provided documents and it falls below the cutoff of the draw, your application may be refused.
  • What does the PR application portal look like, and what information does it include from the Express Entry profile?
    The PR application portal includes sections that are automatically filled with information from your Express Entry profile. It also requires additional information like personal history, education, and work experience.
  • Can remote work experience from outside Canada be counted towards the CEC program?
    No, the work experience must be gained inside Canada.
  • What is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program?
    The CEC program is a federal immigration stream that allows individuals who have work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency.
  • What should you do after receiving an ITA?
    You should start gathering all documents to support your Express Entry score, especially those that may take more time, such as police certificates.
  • What should you do if your Express Entry profile is not selected within a year?
    You can re-enter your profile into the pool, attempt to increase your score, or explore other immigration options such as provincial nominee programs.
  • What if your family situation changes after receiving an ITA, like getting married or having kids?
    Family members can be added to the application at any time during the process, but you must provide the additional family information form (IMM 5406) and pay applicable fees.
  • What's the recent update about medical exams for PR applications?
    The medical exam is no longer required upfront. IRCC will request it after submitting your application.
  • What is crucial to take seriously after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada?
    After receiving an ITA, it's crucial to take the next steps seriously to maximize the ITA, like submitting supporting documents, and eventually secure permanent residency.
  • What is the best investment you can make in your immigration process?
    Having an immigration lawyer review your file is considered the best investment to avoid mistakes in such a crucial application. Professional guidance can remove certain risks when filing for PR in Canada.
  • What happens after you submit your Express Entry profile?
    Your profile enters the Express Entry pool, and if you are selected during a draw based on your score, you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.
  • What specific details must a job offer include for the CEC program?
    A job offer should include the job title, hours per week, pay per hour, and duties because a visa officer will compare these details against the NOC standards.
  • Does paid vacation count towards the 1,560 hours for the Canadian Experience Class program?
    Yes, paid vacation time can count towards your work hours requirement for the CEC program.
  • How can I apply for Permanent Residency in Canada?
    To apply for PR in Canada you need to start by selecting an immigration stream. You can get PR through a federal (Canada-wide), most popular being CEC, or provincial pathway (province-specific).
  • How do you start an application for Express Entry?
    Go to the GC Key website, scroll down to "Apply to Come to Canada," and then select "Apply for Express Entry."
  • Why is it important to fill in all gaps in your personal history in the PR application?
    IRCC wants to have a complete timeline without any gaps, even if those periods were times of unemployment or travel.
  • What is the significance of the Use of Representative form in the PR application process?
    If your application is being submitted through an authorized representative like a lawyer or consultant, this form must be completed to authorize them to represent you.
  • Why is it important for the job duties listed in the job offer to match the NOC description?
    If the job duties do not match the NOC description, it may disqualify the application, as it must be consistent with the duties of the claimed NOC category.
  • What additional documents might you need after receiving an ITA?
    Additional documents may include updated passport pages, stamps, visas, and documents for any dependents such as passport copies, birth certificates, and marriage certificates.
  • Is the Canadian Experience Class program available in all provinces?
    Yes, it is available in all provinces except for Quebec.
  • What is NOC, and how does it relate to the CEC program?
    NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which categorizes jobs based on skill level and type of work. For the CEC program, you need to have experience in certain NOC skill levels.
  • What are the main requirements for the Canadian Experience Class stream?
    The main requirements include having work experience in Canada, fulfilling a minimum of 1,560 hours of paid work, and having work experience in a job classified as NOC 0, A, or B skill level.
  • Can you accumulate the required 1,560 work hours for the CEC faster than one year?
    No, you cannot count more than 30 hours per week, so it will take at least one year to accumulate the required hours.
  • What important documents should be collected from day one of employment for the CEC application?
    Important documents include a job offer, pay stubs, an employment verification letter, a record of employment, and an employment contract.
  • What are the minimum requirements to apply for PR in Canada?
    To apply for the Canadian Experience Class, you will need have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, there is no minimum education requirements but you will be asked to demonstrate English or French proficiency. Learn if your job falls under the CEC program by using our PR Indicator.
  • What information do you need to provide when creating an Express Entry profile?
    Information required includes personal details, language test results, education, work experience, and other relevant details.
  • How long is an Express Entry profile valid in the pool?
    An Express Entry profile is valid for one year after submission.
  • How is the selection for provincial nominee programs related to the Express Entry profile?
    When you select a province in your profile, it indicates your interest in that province and could open opportunities for provincial nominee programs.
  • Who Can Apply?
    Individuals who have made Canada their home and face hardship if returned to their country of origin. Applicants with family ties in Canada, particularly those with children whose well-being would be adversely affected by the applicant's departure. Those facing undue hardship in their home country that cannot be alleviated. It's important to note that individuals with pending refugee claims or those who have been denied refugee status may face restrictions on applying for H&C consideration.
  • An example H&C PR case
    A Nigerian citizen who has lived in Canada for over 5 years, unable to obtain PR through Express Entry, belongs to the LGBTQ community and is in obvious danger if returns home.
  • What is H&C Consideration?
    H&C consideration allows for certain individuals who are otherwise ineligible for PR to apply within Canada based on exceptional circumstances. These may include, but are not limited to, establishment in Canada, ties to the community, the impact of their departure on Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and the best interests of children involved.
  • What you get
    PGWP application from start to finish. Have an immigration lawyer represent your case to avoid legal mistakes. PR application from start to finish. From identifying the best PR streams to full submission, you will have an immigration lawyer working for your future.
  • Why get the bundle
    Big picture. Having an immigration lawyer assess your case at the Post-Grad Work Permit application stage can help us identify a quicker and better pathway to PR for you and your family. Confidence. Be sure about your next few years when you are applying for PR. Timesaving. Don’t want to spend days going deep into the complexities of PGWP and PR? This service is the premium support you need.

What's included in our services?

Comprehensive Application Assistance

We guide you through the entire H&C application process, starting with an initial assessment to determine your eligibility and prospects for success.

Continuous Support

From the moment you engage our services, we stand by you throughout the application process, offering support, legal advice, and representation.

Document Preparation and Submission

Our team ensures that all necessary documents are meticulously prepared and submitted. This includes the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008), Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669), Additional Family Information (IMM 5406), and the critical Humanitarian and Compassionate considerations narrative that outlines your unique circumstances.

Liaison with Government Authorities

We act as your representative with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), handling all communications and ensuring your application is given the attention it deserves.

Overcoming Inadmissibility

We provide expert advice on addressing issues of inadmissibility due to criminality, health, financial reasons, or misrepresentation, ensuring that every possible pathway to overcoming these obstacles is explored.

Legal Fee

H&C requires case-by-case scrutiny, as each application is at the discretion of an IRCC officer. To increase your chances, you may choose to work with an immigration lawyer. Our legal fee is $7,000 USD. Flexible payment options are available if you require a payment plan.

How to start

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What do you need to know

Working in the meantime

An H&C applicant can get a work permit or study permit after their application is approved at the first stage.

Travel to your home country

A successful H&C applicant who receives permanent residency is able to travel or get legal status in their country of nationality, unlike a ‘protected person’ under asylum.

The government fees

An H&C applicant must pay a processing fee to apply. The current fees are $1,085 for each adult with the right of PR

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