Live webinar May 2, 2024 at 11:00am EST
OR available video recording

  • Deanna Okun-Nachoff

4 hours


In this 4-hour program, we will do a deep dive into Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) decision-making in the immigration context – discussing permanent residence applications filed on H&C grounds, and the use of H&C discretion in hearings before the IRB. The program will include an examination of the law and policy around H&C decision-making, but will focus on imparting practical skills for successful application drafting and hearing prep.

  • What is the scope of the Immigration Department’s H&C authority?
    • Unpacking s.25 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    • Unpacking s.67(1)(c) of the Act
    • How do you deal with “risk” in an H&C application?
  • The “Nuts and Bolts” of H&C Processing
    • How do you make H&C applications for Applicants inside Canada? And can you get concurrent processing for family members left abroad?
  • How do you request H&C consideration for an Applicant outside of Canada? In what circumstances is this recommended?
    • Can you “convert” a pending application into an H&C?
    • Where and how do H&C applications get processed?
    • Tips on providing updates on pending H&C applications
  • Evoking Compassion (a “How To” guide)
  • Dealing with H&C Refusals
  • Complementary programs/options to explore
    • TRPs for victims of human trafficking
    • TRPs for victims of family violence
    • H&C application vs. refugee claim vs. PRRA

For Lawyers and Paralegals

  • Law Society of Ontario
    Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 4 hours.
  • Law Society of British Columbia
    Approved for 4 CPD credits.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
    For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

  • College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
    • Approved for 4 CPD hours (including 1 hour of professionalism/ethics)
    • Video recording valid until May 2, 2025



  • Attendance at the live four hour webinar.
  • Access to the course materials.
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2025
This course is included in our:
Deanna Okun-Nachoff

Partner, McCrea Immigration Law

Deanna is one of the most respected immigration lawyers in Canada. She joined McCrea Immigration Law in 2010 after working for many years as the executive director and staff lawyer of a non-profit serving the needs of foreign live-in caregivers. Deanna is a crack immigration litigator, winning all the cases she should and a few she probably shouldn’t.

In between solving seemingly unsolvable problems for her clients, Deanna somehow finds time to speak at various conferences and for grassroots organizations and to challenge our ongoing “cutest office dog” competition.

Deanna is your go-to expert on live-in caregivers, medical inadmissibility, human trafficking and immigration litigation before the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board.