We had previously blogged about the Barlagne family, a family that immigrated from France almost 5 years ago after being told by immigration officials that they were exactly what Canada was “looking for”.
However, the family’s youngest daughter has cerebral palsy, something that is not contagious and non-progressive, but can limit mobility, speech and can cause seizures.
Quebec immigration officials denied the family’s application for permanent residence because of her condition. On Wednesday, the decision was upheld by a Federal Court.
The family has become well-established in Canada: the family’s daughters are already in school, Mrs. Barlagne teaches French to immigrants at no charge, and Mr. Barlagne is running a successful software company.
The reason for the possible deportation is the fear of the strain on social or health services because of the daughter’s condition, however the Barlagnes say they’re in a position to pay for some of her $5,000 annual treatment. They also say that she is drastically improving under the treatments offered in Canada.
Despite asking before applying for permanent residence that his daughter’s condition was going to be an issue, the family is facing deportation. They were told by a representative of the Canadian government that they’d be fine before they immigrated, as long as Mr. Barlagne had been running his business for a few years.
The Barlagnes’ next step is to ask to apply on humanitarian grounds, and they have appealed to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. However, his office has stated that it’s not up to politicians to make those decisions.
Let’s hope the family’s Humanitarian application makes it–they certainly deserve it.
Have a question about a Permanent Residence Appeal? Contact Niren and Associates immigration law firm today.
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