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Medical Inadmissibility

Medical inadmissibility affects anyone applying to visit, study, work or live permanently in Canada.

The 2022 cost threshold (under the temporary public policy) is $24,057 per year (or $120,285 over 5 years).

Understanding Medical Inadmissibility

What is medical inadmissibility?


A person not permitted to enter or stay in Canada because their health condition may:

  • Impose danger to public health or safety

  • Cause excessive demand on health or social services


Overcoming medical Inadmissibility


  • If the IRCC believes you may be medically inadmissible, a letter known as a procedural fairness letter will be sent out explaining the reasons why

  • You will have the opportunity to respond and provide all additional information within 90 days from the date of the letter

Health conditions that will likely lead to medical inadmissibility:

  • Untreated syphilis

  • Active pulmonary tuberculosis

  • Hostile or disruptive behavior

  • 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


Health conditions that can overcome medical inadmissibility: 


  • Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Cardiac Disease

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Cancers

  • Autoimmune Disease, such as AIDS, Lupus

  • Learning Disabilities related to Pervasive Development Disorder requiring special education

  • Autism

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down Syndrome

  • Psychiatric Disorders

  • Blood Disorders

  • Hepatitis B & C

  • Liver Disease

  • Tuberculosis

  • Brain Disorders

  • Rare Diseases and Conditions

  • Total Knee Replacement

To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about Medical Inadmissibility book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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