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Empathy needed in dealing with health-related immigration cases, say lawyers

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:20 AM | By Terry Davidson

Immigration decision-makers must cast aside stigma and compassionately “step into the shoes” of those with serious medical conditions wanting to move to Canada, say lawyers following a successful appeal involving an HIV-positive Chinese man.

Canada’s Federal Court has ordered a new immigration hearing for a Chinese national — known in court documents only as A.B. — after it was found the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s Immigration Appeals Division (IAD) was “unreasonable” — and even moralistic — in its denial of permanent resident visas to...