Some in-Canada immigrants temporarily exempted from medical exam
Foreign nationals already in Canada may not need to complete a medial exam for their permanent residency application.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) put in place a temporary public policy that exempts some low-risk foreign nationals in Canada from having to complete the medical exam as part of their permanent residence application.
When candidates apply for permanent residence or a permanent residence visa, they usually are required to provide an immigration medical exam or a unique medical identifier number from their previous medical exam.
The temporary public policy applies to foreign nationals in Canada who:
- have submitted a new application for permanent residence or a PR visa or have a pending application and have not yet completed a new immigration medical exam;
- have completed an immigration medical exam within the last five (5) years and were found to pose no risk to public health or safety, or compiled with a requirement to report to public health authorities for monitoring; and
- have not left Canada for more than six (6) months in the last year to live in a country that is on the federal government’s list of countries requiring an immigration medical exam.
The measure is in effect now until December 28, 2021.
Applicants’ family members may also be eligible under this policy if they meet the criteria listed above and are also living in Canada.
IRCC hopes the new policy will help speed up the immigration application timelines, allowing more temporary residents to get their full permanent residency status.