Temporary public policy for applications for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds as a result of lifting the temporary suspension of removals on Haiti and Zimbabwe

SummaryGovernment of Canada

On February 4, 2016, the Government of Canada gave Haitian and Zimbabwean nationals who are in Canada another six months (until August 4, 2016) to apply for permanent residence in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and benefit from an administrative deferral of removal until they receive a decision on their application. This is in addition to the six months that were given following the lifting of the temporary suspension of removals (TSR) for Haiti and Zimbabwe on December 1, 2014, which has expired on June 1, 2015.


On November 26, 2014, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration signed a temporary public policy for nationals of Haiti and Zimbabwe who would be affected by the lifting of the TSR.

On December 1, 2014, the Minister of Public Safety lifted the TSR on Haiti and Zimbabwe.

A temporary suspension of removal (TSR) halts removals to a country or a place where there is a generalized risk to the entire population, such as war, civil unrest or environmental disaster. As a result, individuals who are unsuccessful in their refugee claim or are inadmissible and who, under normal circumstances, would be subject to removal are allowed to temporarily stay in Canada. As per section 230 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, the Minister of Public Safety has the authority to impose, maintain or lift a TSR. Individuals who are subject to a TSR may choose to return to their country voluntarily. This stay of removal would not apply to individuals who are inadmissible for criminality, serious criminality, security, violating human or international rights, organized crime or to a person referred to in section F of article 1 of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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