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Seligman: disabled inadmissibility changes 'significant'

OTTAWA — The federal government is eliminating a long-standing rule that turned away would-be immigrants with intellectual or physical disabilities.

On Monday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced the first change in 40 years to the federal medical inadmissibility rules, which allowed the government to reject permanent resident applications from those with serious health conditions or disabilities.

"This is significant," Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com. "It is a very fair move that benefits people who have not always been treated as well as they could be in the immigration process." 

Peter Baraian