Family facing deportation from Canada applying to stay on humanitarian grounds

Family’s last resort to avoid deportation from Canada is humanitarian application

We previously blogged on the Barlagne family, originally from France, whose daughter has Cerebral Palsy here and here.  The Barlagne family moved to Canada in 2005 on a temporary work permit, but their application for permanent residence was denied because the Cerebral Palsy would place an “excessive burden” on Canada’s healthcare system, costing $5,259 per year, making their daughter medically inadmissible.

Family facing deportation from Canada accused of lying on immigration forms

It’s been one year since their application for permanent residence denial was upheld. David Barlagne is accused of failing to mention his daughter’s medical issues on several immigration forms, but he maintains that he was told by officials at the Canadian Embassy in Paris not to mention it, and that it wouldn’t prevent him from obtaining permanent residence.

The fact that the disability was concealed is what is making this case particularly difficult and lengthy, considering that it was concealed on the temporary worker application, the temporary worker permit extension application and the permanent residency application. But the Barlagnes say that their daughter is not sick, merely handicapped – therefore she doesn’t have a physical or mental illness as specified on the forms – and that the wording on the forms is not clear.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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