Vancouver Immigration Advisor Announces Relaxed Rules for Medical Conditions

As a team of  Vancouver immigration advisors, Racer Immigration knows that immigrating to Canada can be challenging, sometimes for reasons beyond an applicant’s control. Once upon a time, pre-existing medical issues were more or less automatic disqualification, but that’s about to change.

The Liberal government has announced that it will be loosening the rules that have made prospective immigrants inadmissible on medical grounds, although they are not removing the legislation entirely.  

These rules have been in place for more than forty years and have been called “way out of date” by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, and are not in line with Canadian values or policies of inclusion for citizenship.

The revisions include not barring entry due to children with developmental delays, special education requirements or hearing/visual impairments. The current health-care cost threshold will be tripled. This should allow at least 75% of the thousand or so people previously rejected for entry on medical grounds.

While the eventual goal is to remove the medical inadmissibility policy entirely, it seems that won’t happen until more consultations have occurred. Though some have criticized  the changes as minor tweaks, it is still  a positive step towards fair inclusion.

Anyone considering immigration to Canada should consider working with an experienced Canadian immigration consultant. Policies are always changing, but an experienced consultant will be able to provide advice on how to strengthen an application and avoid major pitfalls.  Contact (778) 688-4848 to learn more.

Canadian Immigration Consultants Discuss Age of Dependency

As Canadian Immigration Consultants, the team members at Racer Immigration understand that age is a major factor when applying for permanent residence, particularly if children are involved.

When the Conservative Government was in power in 2014, the age for dependent children was lowered to 18. However, the Liberal Government restored the age of dependency to 22 as of October 24, 2017. What this means is that children up to the age of 22 can once again be included in their parent’s applications for permanent residence in Canada.

This was one of the Liberal Government’s major campaign promises. Previously, children over 18 had to apply for permanent residence on their own merit. And the potential for being separated discouraged many families from considering a future in Canada.

In fact, the Regulatory Impact Assessment Statement (RIAS) noted that “when families are able to remain together as an economic household unit, their integration into Canada and their ability to work and contribute to their communities improves.”

The reasoning behind the rule reversal was that the Liberal Government felt that encouraging families to come to Canada would encourage the economic and social enhancement of many communities.

Increasing the age of dependency was welcome news for many immigrant families. Although the law sadly does not work retroactively, humanitarian and compassionate claims may offer some flexibility for family members who have been left behind.

If you’re part of a family who has adult children that were previously exempt from an application to come to Canada, contact Racer Immigration. As a team of certified immigration consultants, we believe in helping families stay together. Through expert consulting, we can make Canada a viable destination for people around the world. For more, contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848.