I’m in Canada. How do I apply to stay permanently on H&C grounds?
Question & AnswerI’m in Canada. How do I apply to stay permanently on H&C grounds?
3. Learn why the best interests of a child are important
If a child would be directly affected if you were forced to leave Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must consider what's in the child's best interests.
What “directly affected” means
A child who could be directly affected includes:
- your child, no matter where they were born and where they live, for example, if they live in Canada or somewhere else
- a child living in Canada who's not your child, but who you have a close relationship with
In some situations, this could include a child who's 18 or older. For example, this might be an adult child who cannot live independently because of their disability.
Factors that affect a child’s best interests
Things that could affect a child's best interests include the relationship between you and the child and the relationship between the child and others in Canada. Other factors include:
- the child's age
- how long the child has been in Canada
- the child's ties to the country that you'd be removed to
- any health problems the child has, or any needs related to a disability
- the impact on the child's education
Factors may also include issues relating to a child's gender, for example, customs that girls and women have to follow in your country.
IRCC must look carefully at a child's interests when deciding whether the reasons to accept an H&C application are strong enough. Some things may have a much greater impact on a child than on an adult because they may affect how a child will develop and options they may have in the future. So the same facts might make an H&C application stronger if a child would be affected.