Humanitarian Applications from Within Canada
For people who have, due to circumstances beyond their control, stayed in Canada and beyond the time limit granted to a visitor, an application to obtain permanent residence within Canada may be made on the basis of humanitarian and compassionate grounds. However, such a person has to show that they would suffer unusual, undeserved, and disproportionate hardship, if their application was not processed within Canada. Humanitarian and compassionate applications are often assessed alongside a pre removal risk assessment (PRRA). A PRRA is an opportunity for a person to show that there are risks to life in their country of origin similar to those risks asserted in a refugee claim. However, the scope of evidence that is considered is narrower than evidence considered in a refugee claim.