What to Know About “Birth Tourism”
Over the past year, 379 foreign nationals were born at Richmond Hospital in Canada to non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This is part of an industry known as “birth tourism”, in which a pregnant woman enters Canada to give birth to a child who will then automatically be given citizenship. They typically travel to Canada as a tourist, and either book hospital rooms, rent apartments, or “baby houses” for the birth. These numbers have been growing in recent years, and hospital officials have found that 98% of these births were to Chinese nationals. Xi An, the founder of the Vancouver Post-natal Care Association and owner of the Richmond-based Icy Consulting firm, attributes the growth in birth tourism to a petition raised against it last year in Richmond. This petition gained media coverage and while before birth tourism had been an underground practice with questionable legality, it became clear to interested parents that the government “seem[ed] to be OK with it” (Wood & Xiong, Richmond News).
The idea behind this practice is that once the baby reaches the age of 18, he or she can make the decision to be either a Canadian citizen or a citizen of the country in which they reside. In the case of China, for example, the child would have to get a long-term visiting visa to return to China and apply for a Chinese ID. They would renew this visa every two years and renew their Canadian passport every 5 years. Once the child does turn 18, they will be eligible to sponsor their parents to Canada if they so choose and if they meet all requirements—another benefit for those involved.
While this process provides a great deal of opportunity to foreign parents and their Canadian born children, both the Liberal Canadian government and the Conservatives agree that birth tourism is a problem. Though they have differing opinions on what should be done, overall they see it as an abuse of the immigration system. They hope to convey the message that, if this continues, there will be consequences. Some have advocated for an end to place of birth citizenship rights (a right only provided by the US and Canada), but this has been dismissed. While there is no law stating birth tourism is illegal, immigration consultant Ken Wong sees this “loophole as a threat to the immigration system’s integrity” (Wood & Xiong). One of the main ways this practice could be stopped, however, is to prove that when the woman enters Canada, she is not declaring her true intention. This kind of misrepresentation is illegal, and though proving it can be difficult, it may become a course of action taken at the border as reason for inadmissibility.
Are You Interested in Immigrating to Canada in 2019?
If so, Contact VisaPlace today. All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals and consultants who work for Niren and Associates an award winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.
Have a Question related to your Immigration Needs?
Click here to fill out the FREE Immigration Assessment form below and get a response within 24 hours to see if you’re eligible.
The assessment form should take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. We will get back to you within one business day to let you know if we are able to help.
The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.
I cannot thank VisaPlace enough for their help. I had an issue with my immigration work that I needed professional help with. The team did a stellar job in making my case and I am greatly indebted to them. I worked directly with Alicea. She was extremely professional and responsive! Even after building my case and submitting my application, she was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had for several months after. I highly recommend the team and would come back in future if I have to. Thank you!
Visaplace was able to get myself my Visa, as well as many of my employees. They made my dreams of living in the USA and starting a company come true. Their process is clean, simple, and affordable. Thank you to the whole team for your incredible work!
I just cannot praise this place enough, staff is extremely helpful, very knowledgeable, all my questions were answered elaborately and not once I was confused from the answer. They do their best to get back to you as quick as possible after you have asked a question, I can actually sit down and praise this place all day and still there will be a lot more left to praise about, Richard, Lisa, Alicea, Rania, Caroline, and everybody else, such a great staff! I am finally permanent resident! It was a long journey but patience and hard work with a good Immigration Law Firm is the key from my experience! I would strongly recommend this place, VisaPlace I thank you very much for making my dream come true, every penny spent was completely worth it.