Refugees and persons in need of protection are people within or outside Canada who fear persecution and going back to their home country. In keeping with its humanitarian tradition and international obligations, Canada protects thousands of people each year. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada.
Refugees bring their experiences, hopes and dreams to Canada to help build an even richer and more prosperous society for us all. Canada provides protection to those who make refugee protection claims in Canada, resettles refugees from abroad and takes part in international actions to help prevent refugee situations from developing.
Section 25(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) allows for the consideration of an application made by a foreign national on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Foreign nationals requesting an examination on H&C grounds are those who are inadmissible to Canada or do not meet the requirements of IRPA. During the application process, many criteria are examined and if approved, foreign nationals may be granted permanent resident status or an exemption from any applicable criteria or obligations of IRPA.
Temporary resident permits (TRP) are issued to those foreign nationals who may be otherwise inadmissible but have a justified reason to travel to Canada. To be eligible for a temporary resident permit, your need to enter or stay in Canada must outweigh the health or safety risks to Canadian society, as determined by an immigration or a border services officer. Even if the reason you are inadmissible seems minor, you must demonstrate that your visit is justified.
TRP's are generally only valid for the length of stay in Canada and unless prior arrangements have been made and authorized, once a TRP holder exits Canada, re-entry is not granted. In some cases, TRP's may lead to the acquisition of permanent resident status if all requirements have been met.
Canada, with its compassionate understanding of unique situations, allows for the entry and stay of foreign nationals under special considerations. By granting refugee status, humanitarian and compassionate considerations and temporary resident permits, Canada continues to fulfill its immigration objectives. The processes and regulations involved in the above considerations are continuously monitored and improved in order to ensure the integrity of the Canadian immigration system.