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Medical Inadmissibility

Medical Inadmissibility

When you apply for a Canadian visa or when you arrive at a port of entry, a Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can be granted entry into the country. However, if you are found inadmissible, you will be denied a visa, entry or even removed from Canada. There are several reasons one could be found inadmissible: financial reasons, security reasons, misrepresentation, human rights violations, medical reasons and so on.

The Requirement for Immigration Medical Examination

When you apply to stay in Canada for longer than 6 months, you will usually be required to undergo an immigration medical exam. In some cases, you may be required to undergo an immigration medical exam even when you are going to be in Canada for less than six months (e.g. when you intend to work in a health care setting in Canada). The medical exam is carried out by an approved panel physician.

What Is Medical Inadmissibility?

Applicants with medical issues could be found medically inadmissible to Canada. There are three main reasons for medical inadmissibility. Medical inadmissibility may occur if:

  • your medical condition could harm public safety
  • your medical condition could harm public health
  • your medical condition could cause excessive demand on health or social services.

What Constitutes Excessive Demand on Health and Social Services?

If a visa officer thinks that your medical condition could cause excessive demand on health and social services, your application could be refused. However, before your application is refused, you would likely be given an opportunity to respond to the officer’s concerns (through a Procedural Fairness Letter).
Your medical condition could cause excessive demand on health and social services if
  • The services required to treat or manage your condition would cost more than the excessive demand cost threshold, or
  • The health or social services required to treat or manage your condition would negatively affect wait times for services in Canada.
  • Therefore, one must submit an adequate response to the Procedural Fairness Letter with a medical plan, a plan that outline how you intend to manage the medical condition in Canada without a recourse to public funds or social assistance.
Therefore, one must submit an adequate response to the Procedural Fairness Letter with a medical plan, a plan that outline how you intend to manage the medical condition in Canada without a recourse to public funds or social assistance.
Please note that the medical inadmissibility rules for excessive demand on health and social services does not apply to:
  • Protected individuals;
  • Refugees and their dependants;
  • Certain Individuals sponsored by their family (dependent children, spouses, common-law partners)

Responding to a Procedural Fairness Letter on Excessive Demand on Health and Social Services

If you have received a Procedural Fairness Letter concerning medical inadmissibility, it is highly advised that you get professional help for an adequate response to the letter because a poor response could lead to an eventual refusal.
To learn more about how to overcome medical inadmissibility, please visit crestimmigration.ca or contact David Akinmoluwa on WhatsApp at +1(587)-974-8942 or info@crestimmigration.ca. We are here to help you achieve your goal!
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