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How Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Applicants Can Avoid Medical Inadmissibility

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"Having a medical condition that puts public safety at risk or will put excessive demand on the health and social services will make you Medically Inadmissible to Canada. Certain applicants to the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program face this issue of being medically admissible."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Dec 1, 2021
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Having a medical condition that puts public safety at risk or will put excessive demand on the health and social services will make you Medically Inadmissible to Canada. Certain applicants to the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship program face this issue of being medically admissible.

If you are coming to Canada for more than 6 months, you are required to take a medical examination. This helps the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) to determine if you are medically admissible. This examination is conducted by a panel physician. 

Who Is Medically Inadmissible to Canada?

As mentioned above, being a danger to public health and safety will make you medically inadmissible. This can happen if you have an infectious disease such as tuberculosis or you have been in close contact with people who have an infectious disease. 

The immigration officer decides on your admissibility based on how your medical condition will affect those residing in Canada. You could also be determined as a danger to public safety if you have the risk of sudden physical or mental disability. It could also apply if you are prone to unpredictable or violent behavior due to a mental illness. 

You will also be determined as medically inadmissible if your health condition will put excessive demand on health and social services. Your health condition will be considered to be excessive if:

  • Your health and social services treatment will affect the waiting period for services in Canada, or
  • The treatment of your condition will cost more than the excessive demand threshold

The excessive demand threshold is updated by the IRCC every year based on the latest Canadian average. It is calculated as thrice the average cost for health and social services of a Canadian. In 2021, the excessive demand threshold was at $21, 798 per year. If the treatment of your health condition will cost more than this threshold annually, then you will be determined as Medically Inadmissible to Canada.

Who Is Exempting from the Excessive Demand Rule?

The following applicants are exempt from the excessive demand inadmissibility rule:

  • Refugee claimants and their dependents
  • Protected persons
  • Applicants being sponsored by their family members, such as children, spouses, or common-law partners

How Can You Overcome Medical Inadmissibility?

If the IRCC determines that you are medically inadmissible, then you will receive a procedural fairness letter detailing the reason for your inadmissibility. You will have 90 days to respond to this letter with additional information. You can submit evidence of the following information to prove that you are medically admissible:

  • You are receiving treatment or cure to overcome your existing health condition
  • The type of services and medications required, especially if the doctor has changed the prescription
  • The exact cost of your medication and services required to treat your condition

If you are unable to respond to the letter within the given timeframe, then you can request an extension from the IRCC. If you are inadmissible because your condition will put excessive demand on the health and social services, then having a mitigation plan can help you overcome it. A mitigation plan will allow you to give alternatives to the immigration officer on how you plan on supporting your medical expenses in Canada without depending on the health and social services, for example, an employer-based medical insurance plan or private long-term care facility. 

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