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Can You Immigrate to Canada If You Are HIV-positive?

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Many people are under the assumption that having a chronic illness like HIV means they cannot immigrate to Canada. But that’s not necessarily true. There are several ways someone who is HIV-positive can immigrate to Canada.

Immigration to Canada with HIV

1. Depends on Your Illness

Canada’s policies on someone being inadmissible to Canada on health grounds means they cannot come to Canada if their health condition:

  • Is likely to be a danger to public health
  • Is likely to be a danger to public safety
  • Might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services

People who are HIV-positive rarely fall under the first two criteria – they only would be considered dangerous if they engaged in high-risk behaviour or didn’t cooperate with health authorities.

The third criteria is the one that has the possibility of affecting HIV positive immigrants the most. Excessive demand means that someone’s medical costs would be more than $15,000 over the next 5 years. Not all people with HIV meet this criteria, as all cases are different. If you don’t create an excessive demand on health services or social services in Canada, you should expect to have to prove it.

2. Family Class Immigration

A Canadian Citizen may sponsor family members immigrating to Canada who are HIV-positive if they are a spouse, common-law partner or child. Parents and grandparents are not exempt from medical inadmissibility due to excessive demand.

3. Appeals for Immigration to Canada with HIV

Many Canadian immigration streams require medical exams, including the economic class (skilled workers, self-employed persons, investors and entrepreneurs). Many other streams are not exempt from medical inadmissibility as well, including parents and grandparents as mentioned above. However, if a person is denied immigration to Canada because of medical inadmissibility they have the right to appeal in several different ways:

The sponsor (in the case of Family Class Immigration) can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division of the IRB

The applicant can appeal to Federal Court.

The applicant can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit.

Don’t Leave Your Immigration to Chance

Every immigration situation is different, and the same can be said for people who are HIV-positive. If you’re unsure where you fit in, speak to a qualified immigration lawyer about your options. Contact us now, we can help your immigration to Canada.

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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

80 thoughts on “Can You Immigrate to Canada If You Are HIV-positive?

  1. Bunz

    Hey I am also in same situation now i am HIV positive 26 year working professional from INDIA & i am trying to migrate to Canada under express entry. since i have contacted couple of consultants they all are saying same that could not possible but my medical condition is good & i am on regular ART treatment with CD4 – 499 -Please do advise & assist -Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Bunz,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I am so sorry to hear of the hardships you have faced with your medical condition. We may be able to help you immigrate to Canada but we would have to take a closer look at you and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Anonymous

    Hi,

    I’m 32 years of age from India and come with 6+ years experience in Sales and BD with an MBA degree from Australia. While undergoing a routine checkup(Nov 2016), I got to know my HIV+ status, my CD4 count is 623 and VL is 5200 with no noticeable symptoms,But my Doctor put me on ART medication saying its been mandated by WHO to start ART no matter how healthy you’re and irrespective of ones CD4 Count at the time of detection. I’m single and wanted to immigrate to Canada since couple of years now. Will this new found status of mine be hindrance if I apply now? Kindly do suggest what would be the best available to option for me, should I drop this idea to immigrate for good or do i still have some changes, may a silver lining.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
    2. M

      Hello, my brother is in a same situation as you. He’s hardworking and willing to immigrate to Canada fir a better future. He’s living in India right now. I his younger brother live in Canada with my parents. I was thinking if there is any way I can sponsor my brother as a visitor. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

      Reply
      1. Immigration Lawyers

        Hi Matt,

        Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We have helped thousands of clients sponsor their families, and we may be able to help you! I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

        The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

        Reply
  3. Edward

    Hello, I will study in an international high school in Canada and i go there trough an agent. If I pronounce HIV positive, will I be notify by the CIC?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Edward. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Josh

    I am 36 year old accounting professional from India. I received PNP nomination from Ontario and also ITA (Invitation to Apply) in Dec 2016 from CIC under FSW program. In the medical test done to apply for PR visa, I am detected HIV positive. I have been married for 11 years and have 2 kids aged 8 and 4. My wife is tested HIV negative. I am under no medication and have not had any major medical complications until now. I have applied PR for my whole family- me, my wife and 2 kids. I have total 14 years of work experience in accounting. The Hospital staff where I conducted the test informed me that the reports would be sent directly to CIC and I won’t get a copy. Do you have any office in India where I could contact you?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Josh. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. jboy

    As of now. How many HIV positive applicants are already approved to immigrate in canada? Or is this just a false hope to us?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. It is not a false hope. It may be possible for you to immigrate to Canada. We have helped people with HIV get their Canadian permanent residency. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Raymond

    I’ve done my CIC medical, then after 3 weeks I accidentally bump my shoulder then it came swollen ! I see the doctor then they do me blood test and CT scan and they found out that I have a early stage of lymphoma! The doctor told me that it’s curable, they will do some operation and chemotherapy ! I have Canada health card and I have a new work permit extension! All I’m waiting is passport request , they don’t find anything wrong during my CIC medical! Doesn’t it affects my PR application?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Raymond. Everything that happens prior to your visa being processed and landed in Canada can effect your application. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. roshan

    Hello.My sister has chronic kidney failure for which she is doing dialysis twice a week and may be in future she require to go for kidney transplant.Her husband has pr status in canada and he sponsored her for pr status.Canadian immigration department has asked her to go through medical fitness check up in her country.So my query is Does this problem may effect her acquiring pr status.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Roshan. Every medical condition may have an effect on immigration eligibility.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Simarjeet kour

    helo i am hiv+ one year i am marriad i completed my Gnm 2015 and after that i going to canada for study and treatment and councling because i planing for baby

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Simarjeet. If you require our help with your applications that are complicated by your health condition, then I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Fernando

    I received my ITA for the Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry 3 weeks ago. Once I had the medical exams I found out that I am HIV+. O would like to know if I have any chances of getting the Permanent Resident VISA or if I should just give up on it.

    Reply
  10. James

    My employer has offered me the option to transfer work locations from Europe to Canada. I am HIV+ and on medication. as this would be a work transfer would I be able to move to canada or could I still encounter problems?

    Reply
  11. Donny

    Hello
    Please educate me if I can apply for the highly skill or any other program.
    I have been living with HIV for 6years . I am from Africa. I reside here in Europe working as an IT and still doing my Masters. I have on medication and healthy.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Donny,

      Thank you for your post. I would need to learn more about your qualifications to assess you accordingly to see if you can apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Category under Express Entry. We can build a case for if CIC determines that you are inadmissible due to your medical condition, we have done so for thousands of applicants in the course of the 20 years we have been in business. Please do contact us for a complete assessment to determine your qualifications. MF

      Reply
  12. punit sharma

    Hi, i am a 28 years old Indian citizen, last year when i got an offer from Singapore, i came to know that i have HIV +. I work in India as a French / English bilingual translator.
    i want to work in canada as i came to know that my future is better there in my profession.
    My HIV status is good and its beyong 700.

    Please show me a path Or email me please about the procedure.

    Regards
    Punit

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Punit,

      Thank you for your inquiry. As I have stated in a previous post pertaining to this matter, I would need more information about your education, work experience, if you have any family ties to Canada, etc., to be able to give you an accurate answer on whether you qualify or not. Please contact us at [email protected] so that you can book a consultation and be given the best advice on your options to immigrate to Canada. We look forward to hearing from you soon! MF

      Reply
  13. Rohit

    My wife is Hiv positive I added her to my Economic Class Application. I received an e-mail saying she is in admissible because she will be a burden on the canadian health service. Will this make me loose my permanent resident automatically? My wife is never sick and not on any treatment and she only found out she is positive in 2014. is there anything I can do? if you can help let me know

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rohit,

      In the CIC’s correspondence with you, if they did not mention anything about your wife’s inadmissibility affecting your admissibility then there should not be any impact on your application.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  14. sana

    I m candian citizen I m married in Pakistan my husband has HIV + I wana sponcer him . is their any problem to sponcer him.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sana,

      Medical issues can make immigrating more difficult, but that depends on the burden your husband would place on the Canadian healthcare system. It would be highly recommended to secure the services of experienced immigration lawyers who will maximize his chances of immigrating to Canada.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  15. faith

    Hi. I’ve been living with hiv for 9 years, have never been sick but on ARVs. i would like to apply to work as a nanny in canada under the 2015 canadian govt programme. i am trained as a preschool teacher. do i have a chance?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Faith,

      You probably have a good chance of becoming a live in caregiver in Canada, and since you are not on ARVs that would certainly increase your chances of a successful application, although you will still need a strong legal team to help you overcome to potential medical inadmissibility issue. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  16. Frank

    am a Nigerian still a medical student but wish to practise in Canada as a medical Doctor when i am done with my medical training in Nigeria, but am HIV positive, can i get a job offer if i apply?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      After completing all of the necessary licensing exams and registering with a provincial college, you should be able to obtain a work permit and/or immigrate to Canada. The HIV positive status may make your application to come to Canada a bit more challenging, but our experienced team of immigration lawyers have a lot of experience in medical inadmissibility cases. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  17. veer raj

    Im hiv positive…. an i wan to immigrate at canada…so can immigrate there…. plz do help me how i can go by process

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Veer,

      You may still be able to immigrate, but you will need one of our experienced lawyers to help you overcome the unfavorable aspects of your disease i.e. we would have to show that you will not be a significant burden on the Canadian healthcare system. Please get in touch with us for further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
    2. Hector

      Hi, i have a communicable disease, i am living in usa since 2009 as an ilegal, without any status, my brother applied for asilo in canada few years ago, now he is resident, what can i do to go to Canada can i aply for asio, and also i can’t go back to my home country

      Reply
      1. owen

        Hello Hector,

        We can certainly assist you in exploring the options that are available for you to come to Canada. Your communicable disease status will make things a bit more difficult for you, however, options like asylum and Family Sponsorship may be a possibility, and our experienced lawyers will be able to help you make the decision that is best for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

        Regards,
        Owen

        Reply
  18. JuN

    Hi I have a schedule for medical exam but my problem is I was diagnosed recently with Lupus do you think I have the chance to pass the medical? Will this affect my chance of getting PR visa?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jun,

      Thanks for the question. If the immigration officials determine that your medical condition will not significantly negatively impact Canadian society, then you will be permitted to enter Canada. Since we specialize in helping people with medical inadmissibility issues, you should speak with one of our experienced lawyers who will be able to maximize your chances of being admissible to Canada.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  19. Andrei

    Hi,

    I am thinking of immigrating to Canada but have psoriatic arthritis. It costs 10-20k a year (depending on the drug chosen by the doctor) to treat this condition. So, that is much more than the 5k canad. dollars a year if I were to buy the drug myself in Europe. Not sure how much it would cost for the Canad. health system. However, can I even consider immigrating having this condition?

    What if my wife goes to Canada to study? Can I get a Permin. Resid. with her if/when she is eligible? or would she be denied PR because of me (my condition)

    Any chance in my case?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  20. Anonymous

    Thanks Owen what if I contracted the disease here in Canada do I still have to return home?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      If you already completed the immigration procedures then you may not have to return home, but there’s no 100% guarantee of not being deported unless you are a Canadian citizen.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. me

    I have a question if I am hiv postive and I live in Canada can I still apply for refugee

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      If you are HIV positive it may make it more difficult to remain in Canada, but fortunately we have represented many people with different communicable diseases, and we would be happy to help you too.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  22. cheese

    I’m just worried what if I positive but I’m healthy and without medication,,,

    Is there any chance for me as an economic class applicant to grant the pr status… ?

    And there’s a case here in Canada like an average person who’s in economic class too but approved by immigration to become an immigrant here in Canada?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      If you are HIV positive but don’t require medication then you would be less of a burden on the Canadian healthcare system and it would therefore be easier for you to immigrate to Canada. Please refer tohttp://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/skilled-worker-applications-canada/immigrate-canada-hiv-positive/#comment-278687 for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  23. Cheese

    Im under economic class and I’m not sure if I’m hiv positive. But what if I’m positive but not taking any ART medication, is there any chance that my permanent resident application will approve, and is there any cases from economic class who approved even they are hiv positive but without medication and healthy,,,,

    RIGHT NOW MY papers is in process for nominee program,

    Please I need more Info

    Thanks
    God BLESS

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. If the medical records you submitted to the government indicate that you are HIV positive, then it would probably more difficult, although not impossible to get permanent residency status. We would certainly be able to help you in this regard, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions. Here’s some more information about immigration and HIV status. http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/skilled-worker-applications-canada/immigrate-canada-hiv-positive/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  24. Lily

    Hello,
    I am an Indian citizen and wish to apply for PR by this year end.
    If all goes well, I wish to call my mother (dependent and single parent) with me asap after an year or so.
    Can she stay with me in Canada , provided she is HIV+?
    If I have get a citizenship in a couple of years, will she get residency in Canada as my dependent?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Lily,

      Thanks for the question. We can certainly assist you in obtaining PR status, as we have done for many clients over the years. As for your mother, it may be more difficult for her to immigrate to Canada, but that will depend on a multitude of factors such as the risk and potential economic/societal hardships put on Canadian society if your mother were allowed to immigrate. Therefore, it would be highly recommended to seek the advice of one of our experienced immigration lawyers in order to maximize the chances that your mother will be able to come to Canada. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and see this link for more information about immigrating to Canada if you are HIV positive http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/skilled-worker-applications-canada/immigrate-canada-hiv-positive/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  25. Ditch

    may I ask I’m not sure if I’m hiv positve, but is there any chance that I will get approved for or under economic class,, I read lots of article that if you’re in a good condition without art medication you might consider or be eligible to become a permanent residence,,,,

    Reply
  26. ivan martinez

    I was recently approved under BC PNP but my wife has arthritis for the las two years i have not received my medical orders but soon I will is arthritis something to worried about or not ? so far she is fine normal like if she has no illness ,here in my country i spend like $100 every two months on her medicine. any advice?

    Reply
    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      Hello Ivan,

      Thank you for your recent post.

      There are basically two types of medical scenarios that can lead to a finding of inadmissibility and refusal of an application. The first is a medical finding that the applicant has a medical condition that is a danger to the public (for example Tuberculosis). The other more common ground is a medical finding that the applicant’s medical condition is so severe that it will cause an excessive demand on Canada’s heath/social services. In other words, the person has a disease or medical condition that requires hospitalization, doctor’s visits, surgeries etc… that exceeds what a “normal” Canadian charges to the health system. That amount is called the Canadian Cost Per Capita and is currently $5143 per year.

      It should be noted that the Federal Court in recent cases has stated that the notion of excessive demand automatically means that there is a certain amount of demand that is acceptable. The question is whether the applicant requires it excessively.

      As such, medical officers are now becoming more accustomed nowadays in providing details and specific costs that support their conclusion of how the applicant’s condition exceeds the $5143 per year. That is, more often than not, medical officers are now providing a cost analysis and details of what it costs for prescription drugs, surgeries to support medical refusals.

      I trust the above meets with your satisfaction.

      Yours Truly,

      Bahareh

      Reply
  27. Sergio

    Hi and thanks so much for your help.

    I have been accepted in 2 different universities for a PhD program. I am from Mexico and I want to know if I would have problems when is time to apply for my Study Permit.

    My spouse would be going to CAN with me with an Open Work Permit, and its the same case.

    We also would like to know if after my graduation we could apply for Permanent Residency but we want to know how the HIV status would affect the process.

    Thank you again for your help.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Sergio

      Generally if you have been accepted to a Canadian University and you meet the other criteria, you should be approved for a Study Permit. With HIV, it would be important to get a full medical report from your doctor and submit that with the application showing that the condition is being managed. Each case is decided on its own merits. But you have to be up front about the medical condition.
      Best of Luck
      Michael

      Reply
  28. zy

    HI! me and my wife are positive and we want to apply to be an immigrant in canada. how do we start?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Zy,

      The first step is to find out if you are eligible to enter Canada. Fill out our Free Online Immigration Assessment and one of our experienced consultants will review your information and contact you within 24 hours.

      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  29. Dustine

    Hi, I’m (HIV +) sponsored and dependent children of Canadian citizen.
    Will I be admissible for PR of Canada?
    Is there a great chance of approval ?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Dustine

      Generally you won’t be considered medically inadmissible when being sponsored by a spouse, common law or conjugal partner. However, for medical cases it’s important to get professional assistance. You can visit our site for an assessment
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  30. Daniel

    Hi. I am 19 years old. I am a visa student studying in Toronto now. I am HIV+ and got the virus here. Now what I am worried about is the expenses of the medications and whether I could get the PR here in the future. I don’t have a health card and i am afraid that I cannot afford the medications. Now my CD4 is 299.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hi Daniel,

      I’m very sorry to hear about circumstances and hope for the very best for you. It is hard to determine whether or not your health condition will affect your PR qualifications, without a full understanding of your case. If you’d like further guidance, we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.

      Best Regards.

      Reply
  31. ser

    Hi, I have been HIV + for almost 20 years. always asymptomatic and under treatment. Viral Load undetectable. I am hoping to start a PhD in CAN next year. I am not sure if my condition should be disclose to the immigration officers.
    on the other hand, while living in CAN if everything goes well and I get my Student visa, is the health insurance covering Meds?
    Finally, I can take my partner with my on Work Permit. Hopefully he will also get the Visa.
    I know that grad students could have a path to Permanent Residency but with this condition I am not sure if this is possible.
    Thanks for your help.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ser,

      Thank you for your questions, and I am very sorry to hear about your medical condition. Assuming that the PhD program will last more than 6 months, then depending on which country you are coming from, and depending on the nature of the PhD program, you will very likely need to undergo a medical examination and must disclose the results of this examination to the immigration officials. Regarding your partner’s potential Work Permit, they must apply for that in an application that is separate from your student visa application. Lastly, you may be eligible to work towards permanent residency status following your PhD, which would be a great option for you. We would be more than happy to assist you and your partner in coming to Canada, and in order to assist you further, please fill out our online assessment form http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  32. Jason

    Hi, I was diagnosed HIV+ Dec 2013. I received a job offer on a hospital as a Nurse. Its my 2nd month on HIV meds. Would I be granted a working visa?

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Jason,
      An HIV positive status does not always exclude you from visa eligibility in Canada. We would need some further information in order to assess your eligibility for a Canadian Work Permit. Please fill out our Free Immigration Assessment Form and one of our experienced consultants will respond within 24 hours.

      All the best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  33. Anthony

    Hi i have a question about immigration & same spouse partners. I am Canadien& HIV positive. The person i am seeing is from USA. Bare with me on this cause i am not sure what or who to ask. I see to sponcer someone from the USA is a touchy situation. I am on AISH because of disablitys. My to be partner is also on disability but only makes half of what i make . i live in Alberta so my income is 1600 & his is 800 US. From what i see i don’t qualify for the spouse sponcer program & even with the combined incomes i am still not sure if we qualify? Is it worth getting involved with anyone in this situation ? What are the costs of doing this ? Should we try or just give up? I really don’t want to keep hopes up of living together if it is not going to happen & I just think of all the time & money it will take to do all this . Is it even possible? Thank for your time in this matter. Anthony B

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Anthony

      If you are married or a in common law relationship with your partner you do not have to meet the income requirements to sponsor your partner to Canada. We handle many same-sex cases. We can help
      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  34. Chris

    Hi. My partner and I are planning to get married and wait out the pr thing. I am canadian he is Chilean. He is hiv+ on medication. From what I am reading here it looks like because he is on medication he will be denied. He was diagnosed 10 years ago and has had a low cd4 count and been healthy ever since. Can you advise us on how to proceed? Thanks

    Chris

    Reply
    1. Nargiza Shaibekova

      Hello Chris,

      Usually the medical officer reviews the doctor’s notes and asks to determine whether the applicant’s condition needs a significant treatment within the next 10 years. Normally HIV+ people who have never developed serious symptoms in more than 10 years they can be admissible for immigration. In addition, with the proper documents and professionally prepared application package the applicant with HIV+ can be approved, however, they will still need to undergo the medical examination. In many cases if the applicant is being sponsored by a spouse/common law/conjugal partner, there should be no problem. If you need an assistance with your application please visit our website and complete the assessment form http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  35. Kwabena

    I applied for a student visa, during the examinations it was found out that I was hiv+, I did further testing after that I did a cd4 count which was 744. I’m not on medications. Am going for a two year studies. what are my chances of getting the visa? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Kwabena

      It is difficult to get approved with your condition. You should get your doctor to prepare a medical report showing that your condition is under control and that you do not require any medications. It is up to the visa officer who relies on the immigration physician’s report to make a decision on medical admissibility. Let us know how your application proceeds.
      Best of Luck
      Michael

      Reply
  36. Anonymous

    Im hiv positive. My husband is negative., and he works in saskatoon he want me to come join him as I am a qualified nurse practitioner.i want to know if I can b accepted to work in canada.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello

      If you are HIV positive, it is essential you get a detailed letter from your doctor indicating the nature of your condition. It is up to Canada immigration to decide whether you will be considered medically admissible to come to Canada. Of course in order to work in Canada, you need to be sponsored for PR or get a job offer first. But in your case, it is best to consider consulting with a lawyer for help.
      Best
      Michael

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  37. juan

    Hi Michael, my english isn’t well I hope that u can understand me.

    I would like to go to study for 9months , I’m hiv+ am totally well. I was diagnosed 3weeks ago, and I don’t take any medication.

    My course begins at may20, and I’m a little scary for the visa. I need to know if I have any problem with that.

    Greetings from Venezuela.

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    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Juan
      If you have HIV you should get a report from your doctor indicating your condition and that it is under control. Because HIV is a communicable disease, you may be considered medically inadmissible to get a visa. The best thing you can do is get a report from your doctor before submitting a visa application.
      Good luck
      Michael

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  38. Drew

    Hi, I am a qualified mental health nurse with 20 years experience and would like to go to live and work in Canada. I am HIV+ but am well and have been since I was diagnosed in 2006. My partner is HIV-. We have friends in Vancouver who would sponsor us. I do take medication If I was working as a nurse in Canada, I would be paying Canadian taxes so would I qualify to go and work there?

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    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Drew

      In terms of your medical condition, you may be inadmissible. It really depends on a number of factors. But regardless “friends” are not eligible to sponsor; only certain family members are. If you have a job offer, you may qualify for a work permit. We would have to look into your case in more detail. Best Michael

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  39. raj

    Need to know regarding my case. I have filed under fsw category outside canada. My spouse was tested hiv positive during medical. I m hiv negetive. My wife had to start art as per doc advice. Need to know how we should go forward. We are asked for fairness letter. Help me in this section

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    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Raj

      This is a difficult situation. HIV Immigration cases can be complicated. We would have to look at all the medical records before proceeding.

      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply

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