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Supporting letters from the following people might help support an H&C application:

  • family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents — include how they are related to the applicant, why the applicant should be allowed to stay, impact on the family if the applicant is forced to leave Canada
  • employers — include the applicant's job title and the nature of the work, work history with the employer, rate of pay, and any positive comments the employer can make about the applicant
  • teachers — to show the applicant's, or their child's, attendance and progress at school or how they are involved in the school community
  • shelter workers in situations of family violence — to show that the applicant tried to get help because of family violence
  • therapists or counsellors — to show that the applicant had concerns about how they would deal with the hardship or difficulties they would face if returned to their country of origin
  • religious leaders or community members — to show that the applicant is involved in a faith community or community activities of any kind as a volunteer or participant
  • friends and neighbours — to show that the applicant is a valued member of a community

Letters from people who know the applicant should include:

  • the date
  • the name of the writer
  • how they know the applicant and when they met
  • their contact information including phone number and address
  • a photocopy of a document that proves the writer's status as a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, unless the letter is from a service provider or professional and is on letterhead

Letters should be signed by the writer and are more helpful if they are detailed.

Last updated: Apr 25, 2016


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