Monday, 1 March 2010

Problem: An Immigration Officer Rejects Your Application. Solution: Appeal For A New Immigration Officer.

They're Americans, they live in New York, they're gay, they're HIV positive, and they want become Canadians to capitalize on Canada's socialized health care. So, expecting them to place "an excessive demand" on Canada's health care system their application was denied.

In response they did what anyone else would do when confronted with an unwanted answer: appeal and try and get the one you want. It's like getting a bad mark on a test and then returning the test paper back to the instructor with the instructions to mark it again until you're satisfied with the grade. We all know life doesn't work that way but this is Canada after all and we have laws and appeals and rulings and appeals and deportation orders and appeals and appeals and appeals.

From the National Post.

Of the many things about Canada that appeal to the American couple, who are both HIV positive, the freedom to wed and access to universal health care are paramount. But the pair has not yet been able to call Canada home.

Generally healthy and never hospitalized, the couple are nonetheless expected to have combined prescription drug costs of about $33,500 per year for the next 10 years.

It's an expense they have promised to pay themselves if they can't secure employer-based or private drug coverage when in Canada.

However, because there is nothing to stop the couple from enrolling in an Ontario drug program meant to help residents offset particularly high prescription costs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada rejected the couple's application for permanent resident status.

Mr. Companioni and Mr. Grover were told they would place an "excessive demand" on the health-care system.

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But at the urging of their lawyer, the couple -- who have amassed a half-million dollars in assets -- appealed the decision in federal court and won the right to have a new immigration officer examine their case.

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Although Citizenship and Immigration then proceeded to file its own appeal, Mr. Battista said he is confident Mr. Companioni and Mr. Grover will eventually become permanent residents.

With an aging population expected to stress the limits of Canada's health care system these two gentlemen are not the kinds of immigrants this country needs now or ever. It's unfortunate that they are HIV positive but that's probably their fault. Canadian tax payers shouldn't be burdened with their mistakes. We simply cannot afford it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why do they want to come to Canada then?

USA supposedly offers the best health care in the world. They'd be sadly disappointed here.

Nor is Canada so liberal about homosexulaity as many have come to believe. In fact, mostly Canadians are pretty conservative, even in Quebec.