CAMPAIGN FOR JUANA TEJADA LAW
Pilipinong MIGRANTE won the campaign
STORY OF JUANA TEJADA
Juana Tejada came to Canada in 2006 under the Federal Government’s Live-in Caregiver Program. She met all the requirements including a strict medical examination before she was granted a work permit. She worked for 2 separate families for 24 months, the time required under the program to be eligible to apply for permanent residency status.
She followed the requirements in applying for permanent residency. This includes going through another strict medical examination. Under the LCP, applicants for permanent resident status must pass a “good health” requirement by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In this second examination, the doctors diagnosed Juana with cancer. These medical results disqualified her from applying for residency.
Juana legally fought for her right to stay and was denied twice. Finally, she was granted permanent resident status under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Assistance and pressure from the community made this possible.
CALLING FOR JUANA TEJADA LAW
We are calling for the amendment of section 38(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act immediately. The Live-in Caregiver Class needs to be added to the list of applicants who are automatically granted an exemption from the “good health” requirement.
This means that temporary workers under the Live-in Caregiver Program will not have to go through the second medical examination in order to be able to apply for permanent residency.
This “Law” will also extend to the applicants of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). CEC is a new immigration scheme that allows temporary resident such as temporary skilled workers and foreign students to apply for permanent status. Similarly they too have to go through a medical examination to be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
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Pilipinong Migrante Sa Canada (PMSC)