Family From Ontario Denied Of Residency Due To Son's Down Syndrome
An Ontario-based family was denied of their residency due to one of the family member's down syndrome. It was mentioned that Felipe Montoya and his family were not granted permanent residency because of his son's (Nico) mental health condition.
Felipe's son, Nico was born with Down Syndrome, which caused him and his family their residency. It was mentioned that the Canadian government denied Mr. Moya's plea to apply for residency because his son's condition can potentially be a burden for the country's health care.
A letter that was sent to Mr. Moya mentioned that his son's down syndrome cost too much as it exceeds the average Canadian's budget for health care provisions. His 13-year-old son is said to have a mental capacity of a three-year-old child, stating that he needs to go to a special education school, which costs higher than regular schools as reported in National Post.
"I have determined that your family member Nicolas Montoya is a person whose health condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on social services in Canada," reads a letter sent to Montoya. "An excessive demand is a demand for which the anticipated costs exceed the average Canadian per capita health and social services costs, which is currently set at $6,387."
The Star mentioned that Filipe Moya, who is an Ontario university professor applied for permeant residency, which was declined by the Canadian government. Moya then questions his denial stating that his child is capable of attending regular school as he does not also believe that his total expenses would reach the sum of $20,000 to $25,000 a year.
Toronto immigration lawyer Henry Chang stated that Moya's case isn't isolated as hundreds of immigrants goes through the same burden each year. He also added that immigration lawyers involving family members with chronic diseases are awfully tight.