Ottawa has overturned a decision that saw an Ontario university professor denied permanent residency in Canada because his son has Down Syndrome.

Felipe Montoya had been working at York University as a tenured professor of environmental studies when he and his family submitted their application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The family’s bid was denied on the grounds that 13-year-old Nicolas Montoya has Down Syndrome and would place an excessive burden on the Canadian health-care system.

Rules stipulate that if one member of a group application is inadmissible for permanent residency, the ruling applies to everyone else as well.

But Montoya says the decision handed down earlier this year was overturned last week through “ministerial intervention” on compassionate grounds.

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