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Medical Inaccessibility

Medical Inaccessibility

Medical Inaccessibility

If you plan to immigrate to Canada, you must know about the medical inadmissibility rules. Every potential immigrant must undergo a medical examination by an approved physician. You will be issued a visa only when the authorities clear you.

Medical inadmissibility rules apply even to those looking to visit Canada on a temporary basis. It applies to individuals with a medical condition that could

  • Be dangerous to public health
  • Cause danger to public safety
  • Place excessive demands on the social or health services of the country

You can apply for special permission from the Canadian government to overcome any medical inadmissibility conditions you might have.

Danger to Public Health

The Canadian government can refuse your immigration application if they have reasons to believe that your health condition can cause health risks to the country’s public health. This decision is taken based on the results of your immigration medical exam. The immigration authorities will take into account:

The lab test reports conducted by third-party physicians designated by the government

Any specialist reports requested by the medical officers

  • The evidence of specific infectious disease including tuberculosis, syphilis, or close contact with others suffering from similar health conditions
  • The possible impact of your health issues on other people living in Canada

Danger to Public Safety

The Canadian government may reject your application if they are convinced it will endanger public safety. The decision is taken based on the immigration medical exam and reports.

Your case will be considered risky if

  • You suffer unexpected incapability such as loss of physical and mental abilities
  • You are prone to violent or unpredictable behavior

Excessive Demand on Health Or Social Services

The Canadian government may reject your application if they feel you have a health issue that can place excessive demand on health or social services. They will arrive at a conclusion after analyzing the results of your immigration medical exam.

Your condition may cause excessive demand under the following circumstances:

  • The time needed to treat your health condition affects the wait times for health and social services in Canada
  • The cost of treating your health issues exceeds the excessive demand cost threshold

The Government of Canada made some changes to the excessive demand policy in 2018. Under the new policy, the cost of threshold treatment was increased to three times the average cost of providing such services in Canada.

Exceptions to Medical Inadmissibility

The following exceptions are applied to medical inadmissibility rules for reasons of excessive demand

  • If the applicants are refugees and their dependents
  • If the applicants are protected persons
  • For applicants sponsored by their families, such as their dependent children, spouses, and common-law partners
  • When the applicants receive a procedural fairness letter

If you are considered medically inadmissible by the Canadian government, you will receive a procedural fairness letter with reasons for such an action. The letter is sent before a final decision is taken. This gives you time to respond and submit any updated and appropriate information. You may take the advice or assistance of a professional to respond to the letter.

The information must include the latest medical diagnosis or status of the health condition. If you have received any medical treatment to improve or cure an existing health issue, or your physician has prescribed a different set of medications, etc.

You are also expected to provide information about the type of medication and services you need and its costs.

The additional information must be sent to the appropriate authorities within 90 days from the date of the letter. If you are unable to do so for any reason, you can request an extension to the contact information provided in the procedural fairness letter.

Mitigation Plan

If the authorities are convinced that your health condition may place excessive demand on the country’s health or social services, you may get an invitation to submit a mitigation plan. This step will be taken only if it applies to your situation.

ASI Immigration is one of the leading immigration consultants committed to providing the best services to our clients in overseas migration. If you face any problems in getting approved for Canadian immigration on account of medical inaccessibility or other reasons, contact us now.

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