Canadian immigration is under fire for refusing to admit an English teenager and his family, because he has autism. Furthermore 17-year-old Lewis Crowe, cannot even visit Canada without obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) from Canadian immigration. For the last decade, his parents have been using visitor’s visas to travel between England and Cornwall Ontario, where Robert’s sister lives.

Lewis has never applied for Canadian immigration before and his parent’s only applied for Canadian permanent residency for themselves. He lives in London with his mom Lucy, who has custody of him. Lewis’ father says the chances of him coming to Canada permanently are too small for consideration.  Canadian immigration views Lewis as a dependent because he is under the age of 22. When the Crowes applied for Canadian permanent residency four years ago, Lewis was considered as part of the application too. Because Lewis’ disorder may cause excessive demand on Canada’s health care system, Canadian immigration deemed him “inadmissible” … on health grounds.”

The case is the same as one involving the mother and father of and eight-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who had a work permit Canada and were seeking Canadian permanent residency. Canadian immigration decided she could be a burden on Canada’s health sector and their application was refused.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities charges that what the Crowes went through is completely unacceptable. “The CCD wants Canadian immigration regulation updated, to account for the contributions the disabled bring to Canada.  Canadian immigration appears to be denying the Crowe family’s Canadian permanent residency application due to their association with a disabled person, who does not even have an interest in immigrating to Canada.”

Robert Crowe is hopeful Canadian immigration will allow his son to visit Canada and issue him a Temporary Resident Permit. He says the Canadian government is unfairly discriminating against Lewis, based on his disability. While Canadian immigration continues to allow the rest of his family to come to Canada as visitors, he says the entire experience has put him off of returning. Robert claims he and his family will go back to the UK, once their house is sold. “From our arrival, I felt like Canada was home. It’s all so very disappointing.”

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