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Canada announces new policy on medical inadmissibility

New program delivery instructions regarding medical inadmissibility were issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) today:

Under this policy, Canada can refuse applications if the expected cost of an applicant’s health condition is determined to be too expensive for the Canadian health care system. The cost threshold was $6,604 annually, and health conditions expected to cost the health care systems more than this amount would lead to the refusal of an application. The government has now tripled the cost threshold from $6,604 to $19,812.

If an immigration officer is uncertain about a person’s health care costs, or if the officer believes that the anticipated costs will exceed $19,812 annually, a procedural fairness letter will be issued, involving additional costs and delays for the applicant.

Therefore, it will be very important for applicants to provide as much specific information as possible to the panel physician conducting the initial immigration medical examination regarding the anticipated costs of health treatment.


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