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.
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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