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Canada denied a residence permit to a family by having a child with Down syndrome

A Costa Rican family, which has lived for three years in Canada, returned this week to his country after Canadian authorities refused their request for permanent residence because your child has Down syndrome, reported local media.

Felipe Montoya and his wife, Alejandra Garcia Prieto, reported in last April to the Canadian public broadcaster, CBC, that the immigration authorities of that country justified their decision because they consider her son Nico, 13, as an additional cost for the State for that disability.



"We returned to Costa Rica at a good time because our oldest daughter just finished high school and now can start college in the country. Also Nico can continue his college studies in Costa Rica," said Montoya in an interview with the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion.

The family hopes that his return to Costa Rica temporary, while solving the case to the immigration authorities of Canada, which estimates it could take two to three years.

Montoya explained that after reporting the case publicly managed approaches with representatives of the Ministry of Immigration Canada.

"They said they were interested in moving forward with policy changes One option is a change in the law. Another is the change in regulations processing applications for permanent residence, and another option is the change in the interpretation regulations "Montoya said.

The marriage had explained that the decision is contrary to the Constitution of Canada, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.

Montoya said denounced the case because they believe that the decision of the Canadian immigration authorities is unfair.

"Our struggle is more a matter of principle," said university professor, who acknowledged that when he was hired by the University of York three years ago, was warned that might have trouble obtaining permanent residence status of his son Nico.

"It was simply discriminated against by their genetic identity. The only difference is that it has a genetic condition that makes it different," said Montoya.