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?
4. Prepare your H&C application
To make a , you must give:
- a lot of detailed information
- strong that supports your application
To do this, you have to:
- complete a Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
- complete other forms that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires, for example, Schedule A – Background/Declaration
- collect all the documents that IRCC requires
- explain why IRCC should accept your application and include evidence that supports your application
- pay the processing fee
Following IRCC’s instructions
IRCC has an instruction guide that gives detailed information about:
- the forms you must complete
- any other documents you must include
- the fees you must pay
- where to send your application
Using IRCC’s document checklist
Use IRCC's document checklist to make sure you include all of the documents they require. For example, you have to get:
- photocopies of identity documents, such as passports or birth certificates
- police certificates from each country where you lived for at least 6 months after the age of 18
- certified translations for any documents that are not in English or French
When IRCC will send back your application
IRCC will send your application back to you if you:
- don't include all the forms and documents they need from you
- don't fully complete all the required forms
- don't include proof that you've paid the full amount of the processing fee
Evidence that supports your application
If you don't include strong evidence that IRCC should accept your application, they'll likely refuse it. It's important to get legal help so that your application is as strong as possible.
A lawyer who knows immigration law can help you make the strongest possible application and can help you gather evidence to support it.