Changes to Canada’s Immigration Medical Inadmissibility Rules2018-04-25
The Canadian government has announced major changes to Canada’s immigration medical inadmissibility rules for people with disabilities, effective immediately. In December 2017 the government promised to make changes to the medical inadmissibility laws that were seen as discriminatory and inconsistently applied. Currently, foreign nationals are deemed medically inadmissible to Canada on health grounds if their condition is expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services over a period of five consecutive years.
On April 16, 2018, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced IRCC medical inadmissibility changes that take effect immediately:
The changes we are announcing today are a major step forward in ensuring our immigration system is more inclusive of persons with disabilities, and reflects the values of Canadians.
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- children with intellectual disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome will no longer be denied due to special education needs and other social service spending that could be required once they arrive in Canada
- increasing 3 times the cost threshold used to deny applicants whose medical conditions could result in health-care costs once they arrive in Canada from the current $6,655 to $20,000
Learn More: Canada’s New Medical Inadmissibility Rules
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