Visa application & disabled child

Old Sep 10th 2016, 7:00 am
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Hi, Please can anyone advise -

We are considering our possible options for applying to emigrate to Canada for my husbands career.

We have a nearly 16yr old child who is a wheelchair user, who has a rare genetic medical condition & scoliosis. His condition is currently stable, but he would require regular appointments with a medical specialists & pediatricians.

We would likely be able to afford to take out additional medical insurance, but how would his illness affect the visa application process? Could it result in us being turned down?

Many thanks in advance, Kathryn
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Old Sep 10th 2016, 9:17 am
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Read this link for info on excessive demand on health and social services
Excessive demand on health and social services

This one on court cases involving excessive demand
Court cases involving excessive demand
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Unfortunately, it sounds as though your son might fail the immigration medical. Regardless of you planning private medical insurance, if it's thought that his care/treatments will cost the Canadian healthcare system more than a certain amount (about $6k last time I checked, but probably gone up a bit since then), he would have PR refused on medical grounds.

Have a read of the links above, and if you think there's a chance he'd pass the medical and not cost that amount, this might be a rare time that I'd recommend getting an immigration lawyer involved. If the company are paying to send your husband to Canada, then hopefully it's a cost they'll cover?

Best of luck.
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Thanks a lot for all of your advice, it is very much appreciated.

Unfortunately it would appear that the road to Canada may not be open to us without great expense, I think our sons health needs would be classed as too variable as his medical condition is rare & complex in nature.

Thankfully, dh & both children are all Australian citizens, so we can still achieve a permanent lifestyle change, though it would have been nice to have spent some time in Canada first for a few years, before resettling in Oz. Holidays only it is then!


Many thanks again.
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