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Denied Entry to Canada: Health and Medical Inadmissibility

Canada can deem someone medically inadmissible due to their health issues. If you have one of the health issues that Canada will not accept it can cause your visa to be denied and to be denied entry at the border or airport. Find out if you can enter Canada due to your health!

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Denied Entry to Canada Due to Health Issues

Before entering Canada for a permanent visa, every person must undergo a medical examination by an approved physician before they will be issued a Canadian visa. Some people may be required to pass a health exam even if they are hoping to visit Canada on a temporary basis. Those who have a pre-existing medical condition or do not pass a medical exam can pose a danger to the public health in Canada and be deemed medically inadmissible to Canada.

What Is a Medical Examination?

For those looking to immigrate to Canada for either a permanent or temporary basis, they typically have to pass a standard physical exam performed by a CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) approved doctor. These physical exams can include x-rays, urine tests, and blood tests. The Canadian government will also request medical records which can include mental health records. The combination of the physical exam and medical records are to be evaluated by the government and determined if the patient is medically admissible to Canada or not. The CIC website has a tool that can help you find a doctor in your country that is certified by the Canadian Government to perform one of the medical exams on you: Registered Panel Physicians

Reason for Health Inadmissibility

Code of Removal Order Under Grounds of:

A38 Health

Danger to public health, danger to public saftey because of a medical reason, or excessive demand on health or social services.

What Is Checked During a Medical Exam?

When undergoing a medical exam for Canadian immigration, you can expect:

  • A review of your medical history and immunization records
  • A physical and mental evaluation 
  • Drug and alcohol screening
  • Tests for various diseases and illness

Health Issues That Will Cause Inadmissibility to Canada

The CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has offered a list of pre-existing conditions that they will consider a health risk to people living in Canada. The following list of conditions will be seen as a medical refusal:

  • Mental health issues including hostile or disruptive behavior and impulsive sociopath
  • Illegal sexual behavior such pedophilia
  • Substance abuse issues that can cause physical damage to others such as impaired driving or violence
  • Active pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Untreated syphilis

Diseases Not Allowed in Canada 2024

Although there isn’t a specific list for diseases considered inadmissible, a few diseases not allowed in Canada include:

  • untreated syphilis
  • active pulmonary tuberculosis
  • organic brain disorders or paranoid states linked to violent behavior
  • substance abuse issues that can cause anti-social behavior such as impaired driving or violence
  • sexual disorders such as pedophilia
  • impulsive sociopathic behavioral conditions

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What To Do If You Are Denied Entry to Canada Due to Medical Inadmissibility

Someone who is applying for permanent residency but is facing denial due to their health condition will receive a Procedural Fairness Letter from the CIC. If you have received a Procedural Fairness Letter you will want to see what Canada is deeming medically inadmissible on your health records and try to fix this as soon as possible. The letter gives the an individual an advantage to find a solution before they are officially denied entry. If you have been issued a Procedural Fairness Letter contact an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer to get the best advice and help in continuing your application for a Canadian visa or permanent residency.

These are just a few of many reasons why someone with health issues could be denied entry to Canada. 

If you are worried about being denied entry to Canada due to a medical condition contact us to book consultation with our immigration lawyers.

Medical Rejection Immigration Canada

If a person is deemed to be inadmissible due to medical reasons, they may still be eligible to enter Canada. A Temporary Resident Permit may allow a person to enter Canada if their necessity for entry exceeds the danger of their stay in the nation. Medical inadmissibility can be overcome if there are legitimate humanitarian and compassionate grounds for a person to be permitted into Canada.

A Canadian immigration lawyer can assist you to understand the complexities of medical inadmissibility and determine if medical conditions will prevent you from entering Canada. We will then create a case to help you enter Canada through a special request. 

Medical Rejection Immigration Exam Depression

When it comes to depression, the IRCC states that their decision is determined whether your mental illness is a threat to public safety in Canada or not. This decision is based on the results of your immigration medical exam. 

Additional Medical Tests Canadian Immigration

Sometimes depending on the case, the IRCC may require you to have additional Medical Tests. Some of these additional medical tests can include: X-rays, Blood Tests, Urinalysis, etc. 

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The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1.877.296.0874 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.