Immigrating to Canada while HIV positive

Having a medical issue is one reason why people are denied entry to Canada as well as cannot apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Immigrating to Canada with a medical problem is not a black and white situation, in fact it is a very grey area. Applicants who want to apply for permanent residency while they have HIV must ensure that they will not put an excessive demand on the healthcare system in Canada. Medical inadmissibility to Canada usually stems from two things: Being a danger to others, or having the potential to put excessive demand on the healthcare system in Canada. HIV falls under this second category in most cases. Immigrate to Canada with HIV

What is “excessive” demand? The average cost for someone’s health care annually in Canada is $5000 or so, so the applicant for permanent residency must fall below this.

Can I immigrate to Canada while HIV positive?

If you apply for permanent residency you will likely have to undergo a medical exam, upon which your HIV status must be disclosed. If it is not disclosed and you attempt to hide it, you could be in for a lot of trouble later.

Whether or not you will be able to immigrate to Canada while being HIV positive depends on your illness, the treatment and the cost of that treatment. Every case of HIV is different and has different ways of being managed, at varying costs to the healthcare system.

If you are unsure of your options, or if you are eligible to apply for permanent residency in Canada because of your HIV status or any other issue, please contact our immigration law firm for assistance in exploring your immigration possibilities for Canada.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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