Medical Inadmissibility to Canada: What You Need to Know?

In the context of Canadian immigration, it is much more likely that we think of criminality than medical inadmissibility with the phrase inadmissibility. But, according to the most recent data from 2019, over 1,400 immigration applications are turned away from Canada each year due to medical inadmissibility. Because every Canadian immigration visa applicant and some temporary status applicants must pass a medical examination, medical inadmissibility is a subject that merits more attention.

Let us help you understand medical inadmissibility in Canada in detail for you.

Understanding Inadmissibility to Canada Based on Medical Reasons

Standard medical examinations including blood and urine tests as well as x-rays are the first step in determining medical inadmissibility to Canada. Furthermore, to reach a final determination regarding a person’s health-based admissibility to Canada, Canada considers both the prior medical history and mental state of an immigration application.
Three reasons that you are medically inadmissible to Canada

  • Danger to public health
  • Danger to public safety
  • Excessive demand for health/social services

When Someone is Deemed Medically Inadmissible to Canada – What Happens Next?

Considering the foregoing, it’s crucial to realize that being deemed medically inadmissible to Canada does not always mean that a person’s immigration to the country is over.

There are two routes for people who are considered medically unable to enter Canada to appeal this decision.

Route 1: Procedural Fairness Letter

Before a decision is made on an application, those who might be deemed medically inadmissible will receive an explanation in a procedural fairness letter. The person in question has the chance to react after receiving this letter, at which point they are permitted to seek legal counsel or representation to assist them in supplying information or supporting their claims.
Note: You have 90 days from the date you get the letter to respond to the procedural fairness request.

Route 2: Mitigation Plan

Depending on the circumstances, IRCC may allow some people who have received a procedural fairness letter for excessive demand to submit a mitigation plan outlining how they will make sure their health does not result in excessive demand on Canada’s social or health services. Again, the contact information on the procedural fairness letter must be used to send a full mitigation plan.

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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