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Sometimes people can apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status based on what are called humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

The grounds, or reasons, can be almost anything that makes others feel compassion for and want to help the person making the application. For example, a reason people often use is that they would face hardship if they had to return to their home country. They also explain that they're established in Canada and have created a life here. 

Another important factor is whether a child would be directly affected if the applicant had to return to their home country. This is because IRCC must consider what's in the child's best interests. It does not have to be the applicant's child.

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Sometimes people can ask for an exception to immigration rules because they have what are called humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

The grounds, or reasons, can be almost anything that makes others feel compassion for the person making the application or a child they're close to. The reasons often include hardship that they would face if they had to return to their home country and how established they are in Canada. The situation makes others want to help them. 

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This is an offence that the Crown chooses whether to treat as an indictable (more serious) or summary conviction (less serious). This decision is based on the seriousness of the offence and the harm caused by the offence. Some examples of hybrid offences are simple assault, sexual assault, and theft of something worth less than $5000.

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