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He lost his residency status when his family left.So he has to reapply.
And he needs ground to do that.
So he may be able to apply as a skilled worker, or perhaps he can attend school and then apply under the Canada Experience Class.
He can also consider applying under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds but it is not likely he would be able to succeed as there is no real loss that he will suffer given he didn't grow up here or put down roots etc.
It would be best for him to consider consulting with an immigration lawyer face to face. He doesn't have to retain the lawyer of course but having a lawyer consider his facts, his background, education and work experience and then advise would be a great first step.
How would I know you wanted to know how to apply for the visas? I cannot read minds. You didn't even mention that.
You asked if he could regain his PR status somehow or get it through H and C considerations.
Which visas would you like information about?
I am sorry but I cannot speak to you on the telephone. I know the site offers this service but the site is based in the US. In Canada the rules of my law society prohibit me from speaking to you on the telephone as you are not my client.
I can only speak to you by posting up and back over this site.