Immigration medical exam policy in Canada

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Sarah Peddie

Foreign nationals in Canada and the immigration medical exam

Foreign nationals currently living in Canada might not have to complete a medical examination as part of their immigration application. 

When foreign nationals are applying for permanent residence or a permanent resident visa then they would usually have to provide an immigration medical exam or a unique identifier number from a previous one. 

However, a new temporary public policy has come in and it applied to some foreign nationals who are living in Canada.

The new policy applies if a foreign national has completed a medical exam within the last five years and found to pose no risk to public health or safety. Or complied with a requirement to report to health authorities for monitoring. 

Also, foreign nationals who have not left Canada for more than six months to live in a country on that federal government’s list of countries requiring an immigration medical exam. 

Family members of applicants may also be eligible under the temporary public policy if they also meet the criteria and are currently living in Canada as well. 

The policy will be in effect until December this year. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has said that the policy will hopefully help speed up some immigration application timelines - meaning more temporary residents can get their full permanent residency status. 

It will also help support the government’s goal of admitting over 400,000 new immigrants this year as the country is currently falling short of the target.

There are many immigraton applicants throughout Canada waiting for their permanent residency.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Canadian government has focused on the pathways on how temporary residents can get permanent residency.

This new temporary policy was part of an effort to work towards immigration targets amid the coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions surrounding it. 


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Canada also used an existing Express Entry system to send out invitations to apply for permanent residency to candidates in Canada. 

Aldo, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino launched six temporary pathways for French speakers, essential workers and international graduates.

Within 24 hours of launching this, all 40,000 places for graduates were taken.The government is still accepting applications for essential workers and French speakers until November 5 or until spaces are all taken.

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