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YES!!!! Visa Approval despite excessive demand due to Autistic Spectrum Disorder

YES!!!! Visa Approval despite excessive demand due to Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Old Jun 8th 2009, 4:35 am
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Thanks both.

Our issue (widely documented on loads of other threads lol) is that she has mild cerebral palsy - officially diagnosed and long documented, c/o brain damage at birth. Fortunately she isn't very badly affected - walks/ talks and is bright as a button at mainstream school, but her fine motor skills (whilst not affecting her independence/ self help skills too much) aren't likely to hold up through the next 17 years of penmanship - meaning long term she will need a few aids so that she can keep up in the classroom physically - she can type like a demon lol, but don't try to read anything she's written with a pencil... there are a few other quirks, but essentially our issue is the huge neon sign and all the (cost-based) connotations it holds for a burden ruling...
Her file contains the last 5 years of reports, but obviously what we don't have is any long term prognosis in writing. CP isn't progressive, but obviously it isn't something she's going to grow out of (despite what the last doctor who met her told me lol...) We have paed reports aplenty, and a short neuro report detailing the damage, (I've even got a CD-ROM with her MRI pics on somewhere lol)
Jim, not asking for your opinion on our success rate (we know it's either yes or no lol), but in your opinion, do we need to get some sort of official 'crystal ball gazing' done prior to DMP medical? We've got more than enough past and current physio/ OT reports to satisfy the keenest Canada can offer, but we don't have any long term view in writing re independent living etc... although it is obvious when you meet her that there are no real concerns in that respect - it's the paper v reality conundrum...
luvmykids - sorry about hijack - this thread is about you, not me. I'm still so pleased that someone has made it through a burden ruling in one piece!
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Old Jun 8th 2009, 6:33 am
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luvmykids - sorry about hijack - this thread is about you, not me. I'm still so pleased that someone has made it through a burden ruling in one piece!
It's not a hijack at all. It's what this forum is here for, to help each other out!
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That is absolutely FANTASTIC news, now the fun begins!!! Good Luck, and well done. Wow wee!!!
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Old Jun 8th 2009, 7:44 am
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From your description there seems a good chance of success but you will have to document it properly. Presuming there was a medical diagnosis you should probably get a specialist's opinion on the prognosis concerning ability to live independently and self-supported in the future. Good luck and hard work will get you through I think.

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Thanks both.

Our issue (widely documented on loads of other threads lol) is that she has mild cerebral palsy - officially diagnosed and long documented, c/o brain damage at birth. Fortunately she isn't very badly affected - walks/ talks and is bright as a button at mainstream school, but her fine motor skills (whilst not affecting her independence/ self help skills too much) aren't likely to hold up through the next 17 years of penmanship - meaning long term she will need a few aids so that she can keep up in the classroom physically - she can type like a demon lol, but don't try to read anything she's written with a pencil... there are a few other quirks, but essentially our issue is the huge neon sign and all the (cost-based) connotations it holds for a burden ruling...
Her file contains the last 5 years of reports, but obviously what we don't have is any long term prognosis in writing. CP isn't progressive, but obviously it isn't something she's going to grow out of (despite what the last doctor who met her told me lol...) We have paed reports aplenty, and a short neuro report detailing the damage, (I've even got a CD-ROM with her MRI pics on somewhere lol)
Jim, not asking for your opinion on our success rate (we know it's either yes or no lol), but in your opinion, do we need to get some sort of official 'crystal ball gazing' done prior to DMP medical? We've got more than enough past and current physio/ OT reports to satisfy the keenest Canada can offer, but we don't have any long term view in writing re independent living etc... although it is obvious when you meet her that there are no real concerns in that respect - it's the paper v reality conundrum...
luvmykids - sorry about hijack - this thread is about you, not me. I'm still so pleased that someone has made it through a burden ruling in one piece!
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Old Jun 8th 2009, 10:17 am
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Luvmykids - you have shown real determination to achieve your plans to immigrate to Canada and not given up along the way thinking that it was all too much like hard work when CIC suggested that you would come under the 'excessive demand' category.....good for you....I hand it to you because just filling in all these forms is a nightmare without having the extra burden of proving that your case medically.

On to the next panic then
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Dropped off passports today - and got to meet our visa officer briefly. They should turn it around in a couple of days. I thought I'd chance asking what it was that got our plan accepted. She was coy, as you'd expect from a visa officer but the answer she suggested was economic - that we had shown we could afford to make our plan work - or for others that could be afford to send to private school. She made a reference that "when someone is new to Canada and they haven't paid anything in tax revenue" - so I think this would give advantage to those already out there on a work permit - showing that it is working for them.

I just wanted to highlight that our excessive demand was social services and not medical services. If there is a medical excessive demand then I don't think you get an opportunity to submit a plan, as they don't want to open the door to a two tier health system.

I think they key idea is get a professional assessment of what needs there are OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD - and then show how you plan to meet those needs - and if you have a job then it should prove that you can afford it.

For us, I didn't have a firm job offer as I am going to be self employed, but I did have a company write to say that they were going to contract out work to me and give an estimate of the income form that. But we totally up the maximum support costs over five years and said we would set that money aside in case we ran into employment difficulties. Effectively showing a plan B.
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Interesting... We are expecting our medicals to be done in Canada, by which time our youngest will already be in the system to the tune of whatever she is going to cost lol, so for us it is likely to be a case of - there you are, what do you think? The school know she's starting on 30 Aug lol, and seem quite happy.

Having a little smile here at you trying to worm info out of the visa officer though - I'd have been in and out so fast in case they changed their minds again! As for tax lol, they've still got $19k of ours from our non-res house sale/purchase... I guess that's our 'economic plan b' and not our 'proof of funds' after all.
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There is an advantage to being in Canada in that you can document the actual costs of any extra services your daughter may require. Letters from the school board etc. will bear great weight.
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Default Re: YES!!!! Visa Approval despite excessive demand due to Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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There is an advantage to being in Canada in that you can document the actual costs of any extra services your daughter may require. Letters from the school board etc. will bear great weight.
Thanks, Jim. We were hoping that would be the case - we must be the only folk in the world who actually want to delay our med requests for another few months so that she is well into the system and they are able to make a sensible decision based on local facts...
Que sera sera etc etc.
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