22 January 2009

Paraplegic denied Canadian permanent residency

A paraplegic has been deported from Canada and made to return to the United Kingdom after his application for Canadian permanent residency was rejected, reports CBC News.

Canadian immigration officials deemed that his application for a permanent Canadian visa should be rejected following consideration of the financial burden his medical condition would pose on the Canadian health system. 

Mason and his mother have voiced their outrage and devastation at the decision, saying it "is a tremendous embarrassment for Canada."

Mason has been temporarily put in a nursing home in Manchester, England, and he claims he has no home, no money and nowhere to live.

The Canadian government has been lobbied to remove the the Canadian immigration  law that prevents those who threaten to burden the medical system with their health problems from gaining a permanent Canadian visa.

Winnipeg MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis says she fully supports a change to the law.

"We're certainly not leading the world in terms of being open and receptive to people with disabilities," she said.  "We're actually causing the stigmatization to occur even more."

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for Canada visa and immigration services.

Article by Editorial Staff, Canadian Visa Bureau.

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