Have you ever wondered if being pregnant will hinder your immigration to Canada? Well, let’s discuss how to immigrate to Canada while pregnant. Although studies have shown that moving to or visiting a new country while pregnant can be very stressful and may attract health implications for both the mother and the baby, it is still very much possible to immigrate to Canada while pregnant. By reading through this content, you will find answers to every one of your questions on how to immigrate to Canada as a pregnant woman.
Table of Contents
- 1 Implications of Immigrating to Canada while Pregnant
- 2 How to Apply for Visa as a Pregnant Woman
Implications of Immigrating to Canada while Pregnant
Immigrating to Canada requires certain processes and some of these processes may have certain implications or demand more from you as an expectant mother. By getting to know these processes and their implications (which can be positive or negative), you will be able to plan your movement to Canada better.
Implications on expectant mother
Before your visa application is accepted, you will be required to undergo some medical examinations which will include X-rays. X-rays can be quite difficult to carry out on expectant mothers, especially those who are heavily pregnant. Therefore, some of your medical tests will have to be postponed until after your delivery and when you are deemed fit for them.
Being a pregnant woman does not exempt you from going for the immigration medical examination expected of immigrants. You may only not be able to complete the process until you have delivered your baby.
Implications on the Baby
If you are already 7 or 8 months gone before you apply for a visa, the immigration officer will likely have some of the medical test processes delayed until you give birth. In that case, your newborn baby will be regarded as your dependent but will also have to go through all formalities needed for immigration such as:
- A medical examination
- A passport and a birth certificate
- A child PR visa fees for children below the age of 22
Also, your proof of funds amount will increase since you have a new person to take care of asides yourself and your other family members.
If you can immigrate to Canada before the end of your pregnancy and you give birth on Canadian soil, your child automatically becomes a Canadian citizen, will be regarded as a dependent child until he/she attains the age of 22 and will enjoy all rights and privileges all Canadian citizens are exposed to.
Canada Immigration Options for Pregnant Women
A pregnant woman can choose to immigrate to Canada based on any of these reasons:
- As a resident (permanent residency, working, etc)
- As a student with a study visa
- As a visitor
- To give birth
All of the above options follow their unique processes whether you are pregnant or not. However, your pregnancy may delay your visa application process especially if you are already heavy before you applied.
If you wish to visit Canada just to give birth or make your child a citizen, then you need to start your visa application progress as early as possible in the first trimester so all tests and screenings will be carried out, your application will be accepted, and your visa ready towards the mid or last stage of pregnancy.
How to Apply for Visa as a Pregnant Woman
If while pregnant you are seeking a Canadian visa just to give birth in the country, or as a visitor or a student, the application process is not so different from that of a visitor visa. You will be given a visa known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and will need to follow these steps:
- Confirm for eligibility for the pregnant woman Canadian visa;
- Provide all necessary documents required;
- Submit your application;
- Respond to additional request from the IRCC while awaiting your response;
- Send your passport for stamping;
- Pay all necessary fees for your application to be completed;
Do not try to conceal your pregnancy while applying for a visa or you may be discovered by the Canadian embassy and disqualified. In your declaration letter, you can state your reason for traveling to Canada and then also indicate that you are pregnant.
In Canada, pregnancy is not classified as a medical condition so except you truly do have a medical condition, you can reply to any question asked on that with a ‘no’ in any of the forms you are required to fill.
Essential things to keep in Mind when Immigrating to Canada as a Pregnant Woman
If you must immigrate to Canada during your period of pregnancy, here are the essential things to keep in mind:
- There is a Safe Period to Travel to Canada while Pregnant
The safest time to immigrate to Canada while pregnant is between the 18th and the 24th week, that is, when the pregnancy is between 4½ and 6 months gone. As a rule by the IRCC, you cannot travel to Canada if your pregnancy is more than eight months old.
- You need a Travel Health Insurance
It’s best for you and your unborn baby if you have travel insurance so you can get fast and easy access to healthcare should there be emergencies. Before subscribing to any travel insurance, research properly to ensure it has provisions for pregnant women and premature infants as this is not an automatic inclusion in most insurances.
To further protect yourself and your baby, ensure you do not ignore the prenatal medications prescribed by your doctor in the country you wish to exit.
- Travel with Necessary Medical Records
Medical records such as your vaccination chart and other important details should be in your possession while you travel down to Canada. This way, your healthcare can be easily monitored in your new location and your new doctor can pick up from where the previous healthcare provider stopped.
- Your Current Doctor must Endorse your Traveling
Please meet your doctor at least 6 weeks before your intended travel day to determine if you will be fit enough to travel after he/she must have considered your health status, travel distance, and other risks involved. Do not travel with a pregnancy if your doctor has not considered you fit.
Also, by letting your doctor aware of your travel location, he may be able to refer you to a known and trusted doctor in Canada if he has such connections.
- Traveling by Air to Canada is the Safest Option for a Pregnant Woman
Traveling by air is still considered the safest transportation option for pregnant women although you can as well travel by car, bus, or train. You may travel by air to Canada up till the last 8 weeks of expectancy and most airlines will restrict late pregnancy travels.
While traveling by air, you will be allowed to have occasional walks by most airlines to prevent blood clots which pregnant women are more susceptible to. To make doing this easier, you may want to take a seat by the aisle.
Wrong ways to Immigrate to Canada as a Pregnant Woman
Even though immigrating to Canada while pregnant can be stressful, it is still best to do it the right way. This process carried out by some pregnant women is a wrong way to immigrate to Canada:
- Birth Tourism
In a bid to make their child Canadian citizens by birth, some women hide their pregnancies from the immigration authorities while visiting Canada. This has been discouraged by the Canadian government and even prohibited under Canadian law.
What to do as a Pregnant Newcomer to Canada
Depending on your reasons for immigration, you may not be returning from Canada before you are put to bed. If that is the case, you should take these actionable steps doing your first days in the country or probably all through the period of your pregnancy.
- Contact a Health Practitioner
In Canada, an obstetrician also called an OB is usually people’s choice for healthcare during pregnancy although a family doctor or a midwife will also do just fine. An obstetrician will usually need a referral from a family doctor but you can contact a midwife without a referral. Since obstetricians are more capable of handling high-risk pregnancies, contacting one may be the safest option for you.
- Apply for Health Insurance
As is expected of all residents, you should apply for the publicly funded health insurance available in your province so you and your soon-to-be-born child can benefit from it. Depending on the period you arrive in Canada, your baby may have arrived before the government’s insurance is ready as it usually requires waiting up to three months for those willing to become permanent residents. In another case, you may not want to go for publicly funded health insurance if you are only visiting.
In any of these situations, you may purchase a private health insurance plan that will serve your waiting period for public insurance or your short stay in the country. If you don’t do this, you will have to pay for each visit to the hospital which can be pocket draining or you may reach out to the services of midwives which is relatively cheaper. You will also find free Community Health Centers around you which you can sign up for their services.
- Explore Other Support Available around You for Expectant Mothers
Once you settle in, you can begin to look out for communities and other resources available in your locality for pregnant women. Some of these facilities provide services that are free or subsidized for low-income families. Asides from that, they can also serve as a platform where you can relate with other women who are expecting as you are. Some of the support centers may be:
- Wellness centers for pregnant women
- Prenatal classes
- Prenatal yoga and exercise classes
- Food and cloth banks
- Child care centers, etc.
It is believed that this article will have provided you with as much information as you need about pregnancy and immigration to Canada. It is our wish also that you experience a wonderful time expecting your baby even as you process your visa and that you achieve your goal of having you and your child explore the beauties of Canada!