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Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C. 2001, c. 27)

Act current to 2024-05-28 and last amended on 2023-12-15. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Humanitarian and compassionate considerations — Minister’s own initiative

  •  (1) The Minister may, on the Minister’s own initiative, examine the circumstances concerning a foreign national who is inadmissible — other than under section 34, 35, 35.1 or 37 — or who does not meet the requirements of this Act and may grant the foreign national permanent resident status or an exemption from any applicable criteria or obligations of this Act if the Minister is of the opinion that it is justified by humanitarian and compassionate considerations relating to the foreign national, taking into account the best interests of a child directly affected.

  • Marginal note:Exemption

    (2) The Minister may exempt the foreign national from the payment of any applicable fees in respect of the examination of their circumstances under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Provincial criteria

    (3) The Minister may not grant permanent resident status to a foreign national referred to in subsection 9(1) if the foreign national does not meet the province’s selection criteria applicable to that foreign national.

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