July 26, 2005

However, there is still concern about the discretionary power of Canadian visa officers abroad who can order medical examinations if suspicions arise about the applicant’s health. Until last month those who had been treated for communicable and chronic disease were asked to disclose their related medical history and treatment in a temporary visa application.

The department of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration has removed the question at issue from the “temporary resident visa” application form. A new set of questions specify that applicants report if they suffer from either tuberculosis and physical or a mental disorders that require health or social supports.

The change brings the temporary visa application form in line with Canadian immigration policy that, in general, doesn’t bar temporary entry to a person diagnosed with AIDS or the infection that causes it, HIV.