The humanitarian and compassionate assessment: Onus on applicant

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Applies to

  • in Canada
  • overseas

The onus is entirely upon the applicant to be clear in the submission as to exactly what hardship they would face if they were not granted the requested exemption(s). You do not have to elicit information on H&C factors and are not required to satisfy applicants that such grounds do not exist.

Applicants must put forth any H&C factors that they believe are relevant to their case.

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