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Canada PR: Upfront immigration medical exam scrapped for Express Entry applications

Canada PR: Upfront immigration medical exam scrapped for Express Entry applications

Applying for permanent residence (PR) in Canada via the Express Entry pathway? You don’t have to get an upfront Immigration Medical Exam (IME) anymore. Starting October 1, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has scrapped the mandatory need for Express Entry PR applicants and their family members to provide upfront IME results in their application. This, however, does not mean that you may not need the medical exam later.

When completing your application, when you see the field for the medical exam in the Express Entry Profile Builder, one of these two categories will apply to you:

Express Entry applicants who have never completed an immigration medical exam

If you’ve never completed an IME, upload a blank document in the upload field of the Express Entry Profile Builder when submitting your application. After that, wait for IRCC to send you further instructions on when to get your medical exam. Once notified, applicants will have 30 days to complete the medical examination.

This modification aims to simplify the application process and ensure that medical examinations are carried out at the appropriate time.

Also read: Canada is prioritizing Express Entry invitations for skilled workers in healthcare, STEM fields

Express Entry applicants who have already completed a medical exam for immigration

If you have already completed an immigration medical exam as part of a previous application (for example, to work or study) and are currently living in Canada, you may not need to complete another one when you apply for PR.

When the panel physician completed your exam they would have given you an information printout sheet and IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form. If you completed an IME within 5 years of submitting your new application, include the IME number (or the unique medical identifier number) from your previous exam in your current application.

If IRCC cannot use your old results, it will send you instructions on how to get your medical exam done after you submit your application.

Note: At any point, when you are notified by IRCC to get your immigration medical exam, only a doctor on the list of panel physicians approved by IRCC can do the exam. The final decision about your medical exam does not lie with the physician; only IRCC can take the decision and will not approve a PR application if your health is a danger to Canada’s public health or safety or if it would cause too much demand on health or social services in Canada.

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