How to Apply for a Canada Organ Donors Visa
To apply for a Canada Organ Donors Visa, you must confirm you are eligible for the visa, submit the application form, gather the required documents for the Canada Organ Donor Visa, wait for the processing and answer any requests for more information, and send your passport to get stamped.
Canada Visa for Intending Organ Donors
The Canada visa for Intending Organ Donors is a Temporary Resident Visa, which means that it allows the person to go to Canada for a short period of time, usually 6 months or less.
What is the Canada Organ Donors Visa?
With growing waitlists for organ transplants and organ donors, the Canadian Government introduced the Canada Organ Donors Visa to make it easier for donors from other countries to enter Canada.
The Canada Organ Donors Visa is a kind of Temporary Resident Visa. It allows donors to enter Canada for up to 6 months.
The donor may not get a Canadian citizenship, receive Canadian-issued documents, or receive Canadian benefits such as healthcare or social security. The donor may go to Canada and donate an organ, stay in the hospital for their recovery, and then return to their home country.
Canadian Organ Donor Visa Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the Canadian Organ Donor Visa, your donated organ should be compatible with the recipient organ (and you should have proof), the surgery costs should be covered by private health insurance or an organization, the donor should have private health insurance, and there must be proof of no organ trafficking.
Evidence of Medical Compatibility Between the Donor and the Recipient
The visa officer must be satisfied that the potential compatibility of the donor applicant and the recipient has been medically established.
The documentation required in this regard includes a letter from a Canadian transplant specialist affiliated with a recognized transplant centre (which confirms that a recipient has been identified, the applicant's medical tests have been completed and that they are a potential donor, and that the applicant's medical assessment, surgery, and hospital stay costs are covered under health insurance).
Additional medical testing may be expected to occur in Canada.
It is essential for an applicant wishing to enter Canada for the purposes of organ donation to have a letter from a Canadian transplant specialist with the above information. Without such a letter, visa officers have little assurance as to the likelihood of organ donation and potential compatibility.
Evidence of Satisfactory Financial Arrangements
The medical costs of the donor related to the donation are covered by the recipient's provincial/territorial health insurance or through specific provincial/territorial health funding.
Visa officers must be satisfied that financial arrangements have been made to cover costs not related to the organ donation. Time frames for medical pre-operative procedures, the surgery itself, and the recovery period should be taken into consideration when estimating the applicant's living expenses while in Canada.
Visa officers should request the applicant to provide evidence of private medical insurance coverage as medical conditions unrelated to the transplant process would not be covered by provincial/territorial health care insurance.
Evidence That a Sale of Human Organ Is Not Being Transacted
The visa officer must be satisfied on a balance of probabilities that no sale of human organs is taking place. “Sale” means not only the exchange of a human organ for a financial consideration, but may also mean the exchange of an organ for a non-monetary, valuable consideration.
In instances where the visa officer is satisfied that a sale of human organs is indeed taking place, this factor must be part of the assessment of bona fides. If entry into Canada is part of the “valuable consideration” being exchanged for the living organ donation, it is unlikely the applicant will be able to satisfy the visa officer that they will leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay.
How to Apply for an Intending Organ Donors Visa?
As in any Temporary Resident Visa application, the applicant must satisfy the visa officer that their stay in Canada will be a temporary one. A consideration in these circumstances should be whether the donor would have access to adequate health care in their home country should any issues arise post-surgery. Unavailability of adequate local health care facilities might be an inducement to remain in Canada beyond the period of authorized stay.
What Are the Fees for This Visa?
The application fee for the Organ Donors Canada Visa is CAD$100. If the embassy asks for your biometric information, you must pay CAD$85. When your visa gets approved, you pay about CAD$45 for passport processing.
How Long Does It Take for Canada Organ Donors Visa to Get Processed?
The processing time for this visa is from 1 week to 6 weeks depending on the Canadian Consulate workload and the evidence you submitted.
If they ask for more evidence, then the processing will take longer.