This is a unique avenue of investigation in Canada. With financial support from the Canadian Bar Association’s Law for the Future Fund, the Making (and Unmaking) of Medical Inadmissibility project seeks to document people’s first-hand experience applying for Canadian permanent residency where applications are unsuccessful because people and their families are deemed medically inadmissible under the excessive demand clause. The project starts in the circumstances and aftermath of health-based exclusion for such would-be immigrants. Using an institutional ethnographic approach, the objective is to produce new knowledge about the ways in which the immigration department’s medical inadmissibility regime enables and constrains the lives of people inside and outside of Canada, while examining broader implications of medical inadmissibility. How to resolve barriers for the betterment of individuals, families, and society? This project contributes to the medico-legal borderlands vein of scholarship: interdisciplinary spaces of professional practice and investigation where the institutions of law and policy, medicine and health care, and social services and immigration overlap.