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Trump Administration Bars Entry of Immigrants Who Do Not Hold American Health Insurance on Arrival

This week, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of newcomers into the United States if they are not covered by American health insurance within 30 days of entering the country, or do not have the financial means to pay for their own healthcare costs. This measure is set to come into effect on November 3rd, 2019.

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This week’s announcement from the White House is set to suspend the entry of immigrants into the United States unless they can be covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entry, or possess “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs”. The proclamation will apply to those seeking immigrant visas to the United States, a popular route for international workers seeking an eventual green card and permanent residence in America. Those exempt from the rule will already be in the United States, or immigrating as asylum seekers, refugees or children.

As immigration to the United States is majority family-based, those most heavily affected will be spouses and parents of US citizens. While legal immigrants in the United States qualify for health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, those benefiting from the Act will no longer be able to obtain a visa, as subsidized coverage does not qualify as insurance under the proclamation. 

This week’s proclamation is the latest in a series of moves from President Trump’s administration to cut legal and irregular immigration into the United States. Many are asking how foreign nationals are reasonably supposed to be expected to purchase American health insurance from abroad, without a Social Security number or U.S. health history – to which there is no clear answer so far.  

As immigration to the United States sees steady restrictions across programs, foreign nationals should welcome the news that Canada currently holds its most ambitious economic immigration targets ever. The Canadian government has developed its fastest, most efficient and accessible immigration system through Express Entry, targeting foreign skilled workers who will be a strong match for the Canadian labour force. Even better, Canada’s Express Entry system results in permanent resident status for successful applicants and their family, allowing them to live and work anywhere in the country for as long as they like.

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