This is an advocacy film made by the Montoya family, formerly of Toronto, during the period when their permanent residency application was pending. In 2016, their application was denied. Nico, their son and brother, lives with Down syndrome. Their refusal was based on the potential future costs for caring for him. Through ministerial exception, they were granted permanent residency status, which they declined. They returned to Costa Rica on principle: they disagree that they should benefit from exceptionalism based on their social advantage. They would consider returning to Canada permanently if medical inadmissibility in law and upheld through policy is abolished.
VIH ET IMMIGRATION
This is a resource (in French) explaining the steps in an immigration application process for a person living with HIV. It is actively monitored, and the information is updated with changes in the law.
THE GLOBAL DATABASE ON HIV TRAVEL
This is a country-by-country database listing restrictions to the entry, residency and immigration of people living with HIV. It is actively maintained, its contents updated regularly.
HOW AUTISM IMPACTED ON MY FAMILY’S PERMANENT RESIDENCY IN CANADA
This is a blog entry written by Rania Zaki of Toronto who describes what being made medically inadmissible looks and feels like. In 2017, she (and her family of four) were almost denied permanent residency status because of the potential future costs for caring for their son, Seif, who lives with autism. In the end, they were granted permanent residency status, which they credit to advocacy efforts by their son’s teachers and involvement of community members.