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Rejection Rates for PR Requests Double Since 2019 in Canada

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"According to the data revealed by the Migrants Rights Network on July 13, 2021, the rejection rate of permanent residency applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds has doubled since 2019. The data was accessed through an Access to Information Request filed by the New Democratic Party (NDP). The NDP MP, Jenny Kwan said in a statement that the government must explain the reason for such an increase in denials and take immediate action to rectify it."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Aug 3, 2021
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According to the data revealed by the Migrants Rights Network on July 13, 2021, the rejection rate of permanent residency applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds has doubled since 2019. The data was accessed through an Access to Information Request filed by the New Democratic Party (NDP). The NDP MP, Jenny Kwan said in a statement that the government must explain the reason for such an increase in denials and take immediate action to rectify it.  

Why Is the Double Rejection Rate a Cause for Worry?

The increase in rejection rates for permanent residency applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds causes a direct increase in the exploitation of migrant workers without status. An increase in rejection rates without any prior policy change condemns the migrant workers who are already in the country and diminishes their chances of gaining rights in Canada. 

Out-of-status immigrants could be forced into illegal employment and are often denied protection offered by the Canadian labor standards. They are also ineligible to access public health services and other governmental benefits. 

For many immigrants, applying for permanent residency based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds is the only way to settle in Canada. Usually, the decision on such applications is based on the level of integration the applicant has received into Canadian society.

It depends on how involved the applicant and their family are and the possible consequences of refusing the application.

This is different from claiming refugee status in Canada as in those cases the applicant must demonstrate the risk of violence in case of return to their home country.

What Is the Scenario In 2021?

Based on the data provided by the immigration department, the rejection rates for permanent residency applications on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds have remained high. In 2021, 83% of all applications from the Philippines and India were rejected compared to 63% being rejected from the US.

Many out-of-status immigrants have to go through difficult circumstances on the account of not being approved for permanent residency. Without status, many are paid under the minimum wage and live in constant fear of being deported. 

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