The humanitarian and compassionate assessment: Ministerial Instructions and H&

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Applies to

  • Overseas

You must comply with any instructions of the Minister when processing an application or request that is subject to Ministerial Instructions (A87.3(4)). In categories in which Ministerial Instructions apply, H&C may not be used to overcome the fact that the applicant does not meet the requirements of the Ministerial Instructions.  If a foreign national is otherwise eligible to apply in a category subject to Ministerial Instructions, but they are inadmissible, they may apply in that category and request H&C consideration to overcome the inadmissibility.

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