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Report: Canada Uses Incomplete Data to Deny Immigrant Applications

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration and Immigration Law

Report: Canada Uses Incomplete Data to Deny Immigrant Applications

Immigration Canada (IRCC) is using incomplete and incorrect data when denying hundreds of immigration applications each year, says a new report by Global News. Part of Canada’s immigration act tries to ensure immigration applicants to Canada do not cause “excessive demand” on publicly funded health and social service programs. According to the report:

In 2017, Immigration Canada set the limit for “excessive demand” at $6,655, the average annual health and social service spending per Canadian in 2016. If the costs of caring for a person’s condition are higher than this figure the applicant and all family members are denied permanent residency.

Documents Global News reviewed via a freedom of information request indicate the number of applicants Immigration Canada denies admission due to excessive demand and medical inadmissibility guidelines is between 900 and 1,000 each year, including 200 to 300 cases related to “special education needs.” Those denied admission due to "excessive demand" exceeded Immigration Canada's average individual health and social services usage guideline of $6,655 annually; while Global News' investigation indicates that Canadian's average annual services usage is, in fact, $7,404 - a discrepancy of almost 15%.

"Our clients rely on Canada's immigration system to be fair and transparent. Managing costs is an important factor the government considers when assessing immigration applicants," says Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. "The government must know these costs when setting admissibility guidelines, and be clear and accurate when denying applications. Especially when families and children are involved, it's vital that the correct information is given to the immigration officers who are evaluating the case."

According to Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, no one is ever automatically denied permanent residency based on the fact they have a disability.

Canada is a friendly, welcoming country but does have policies that allow it to effectively deny admission for those who have certain medical or financial needs. If you are refused entry to Canada because of some of those reasons, there may still be ways to enter the country. Immigration law is becoming more complex and challenging every day. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that can delay or negatively impact your family reunifications plans. By not using an immigration lawyer you can be putting your family at risk. Hiring an immigration lawyer rather than attempting to navigate the Canadian immigration system on your own can save you time and money.

"If it was easy to move to Canada, I would not have a job," says immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. "You would not need an immigration lawyer to go through the forms and the process and the interviews and the prepping and all of that if it was easy. It is actually a lot of work and years and years of effort and really expensive."


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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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