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When Family Sponsorship to Canada Goes Wrong

Family sponsorship to Canada can be denied for medical reasons

According to this Metro News article, a man decided to sponsor his parents to Canada after they had come to visit him several times – only to find that not only could he not sponsor them to Canada, but that they would no longer be able to visit because of a health issue.

The man’s parents had visited Canada frequently for special occasions and to get to know his children – their grandchildren.

The man’s mother has a heart condition that requires her to take medication, which she told an immigration doctor during a mandatory health exam to be considered for sponsorship to Canada. The doctor ordered further tests, and it was found that the woman had a more serious heart condition that would require extensive treatment later on.

Family sponsorship to Canada denial also makes parents inadmissible to Canada

The family was allowed to provide more information to help authorities reconsider their decision, but their permanent residency application was formally denied. Worse, the letter also said:

“This inadmissibility may also extend to any stay in Canada as a visitor… Should therefore not attempt to enter Canada without seeking advice from a Canadian visa office.”

Despite the man doing everything he should have to sponsor his parents to Canada, the outcome was completely unexpected and made the situation worse. If you’ve been denied entry to Canada or had your sponsorship to Canada application denied, don’t delay in exploring your appeal rights.

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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