Inadmissibility is often associated with criminal convictions and behavior, but medical inadmissibility causes more than 1,000 immigration applicants to be denied entry into Canada every year, according to Statistics Canada data from 2019. Especially because every Canadian permanent residence applicant and some temporary status applicants must undergo a medical examination, medical inadmissibility is an important consideration for all Canadian immigration visa applicants.
One primary concern Canadian immigration applicants have about medical inadmissibility is whether any particular conditions will make someone inadmissible to Canada. However, there are no specific medical conditions that automatically make an immigration candidate inadmissible to Canada. Instead, medical inadmissibility is determined based on three general principles.
The three principles include being a danger to public health, being a danger to public safety, and putting excessive demand on Canada’s health/social services. These determinations are made based on medical exam results, past medical records, and mental capacity assessments.
However, there are some groups of Canadian immigration applicants who are not beholden to Canada’s medical inadmissibility rules for excessive demand, including refugees and their dependents, protected persons, and certain family sponsorship applicants.
Despite a designation of ‘medically inadmissible to Canada’, individuals with certain health conditions, including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, cancers, and autoimmune diseases, can overcome medical inadmissibility and be eligible for Canadian immigration.
It’s important to note that Canadian immigration lawyers can make it easier to understand and navigate a medical inadmissibility designation, as they can assist applicants with tasks such as preparing necessary documents, avoiding application mistakes & unnecessary delays, and communicating with the Canadian government. If you want to know if you are eligible for Canadian Immigration, you can use the Canada Immigration Assessment Form.
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