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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Canada to Deport Family Because of Autistic Child

The Mississauga News reports:
A man employed by a Mississauga company will be deported from Canada with his family because of the potential health care and social services costs associated with their 12-year-old autistic son.
For Sungsoo Kim, who has lived in Hamilton with his family for nine years, being rejected for permanent residency is devastating. He came to Canada on a student permit and has remained here on work permits.
Kim is working as the IT help assistant administrator for Pattison Outdoor Advertising at its Mississauga headquarters. His work permit expires in July.
Daughter Lisa, 17, and son Taehoon, 12, were 8 and 3, respectively, when the family arrived in Canada. Taehoon was diagnosed with autism in 2005 or 2006, his father says.
Officials informed Kim in January that he doesn’t meet Canada’s immigration requirements because Taehoon “is a person whose health condition, autism, might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”
Since his son is inadmissible, so is Kim.
This case is not the first.  See coverage of similar stories in The Star (Toronto) and The Ottawa Citizen.