Are HIV Positive People Given Canadian Visas in 2012?


Having certain medical conditions can interfere with your ability to obtain a Canadian visa or immigrate to Canada. HIV is no exception. However, just because you are HIV positive does not mean you will never be allowed to obtain a Canadian visa. HIV immigration

What is medical inadmissibility?

Medical inadmissibility to Canada means that you would normally not be allowed to enter Canada because you pose a risk to the public or social services because of your medical condition or health problem.

For someone to be inadmissible to Canada on health grounds, their health condition is:

– reasonably expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.
– could be a danger to public safety.
– could be a danger to public health.

People who have HIV rarely fall into the latter two categories unless they engage in risky behaviour or don’t listen to health authorities.
While some cases of HIV can meet the above criteria, not all do. Every HIV case is different with regards to its severity, risk and cost of treatment.

For example, “excessive demand” on public health services means that your medical costs would be more than $15,000 over the next five years. If you can prove that your treatments do not cost this much, you may be able to obtain a Canadian visa.

Family Class Immigration with HIV

If you have HIV, you could be sponsored to Canada by a Canadian citizen as long as you are that Canadian citizen’s spouse, child or common-law partner.

Do you have a medical condition that you are worried will interfere with your ability to visit Canada, obtain a Canadian visa or immigrate to Canada? Contact us using the form on the right, or give us a call at the number above. We would be happy to help!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.



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