January 13, 2024

No Longer Necessary to Submit Upfront Medical Examination before Submitting an Express Entry Application

As of October 1st, a significant change has taken place in the process of applying for permanent residence through Express Entry. Previously, applicants were required to undergo an immigrant medical examination (IME) before submitting their applications. However, this requirement has been lifted, making the application process smoother and more accessible.

What You Need to Know:

  1. Upload a Blank Document: For those who have never gone through an IME, you can now upload an empty document in the designated field within the Express Entry profile builder. Following this, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will provide you with detailed instructions regarding when and how to proceed with your medical examination.
  2. Exemption for Previous IME: If you've previously undergone an IME for purposes such as work or study and are currently residing in Canada, the necessity to repeat the examination when applying for permanent residence has been eliminated.
  3. Panel Physicians: It's essential to understand that the IME must be conducted exclusively by a panel physician approved by IRCC. Your regular physician is not qualified to perform this examination. The panel physician will conduct a thorough evaluation of your health and furnish the required reports to IRCC.
  4. The Medical Exam Process: During the medical examination, you will undergo a comprehensive assessment, including the completion of a medical history questionnaire, a physical examination, and, depending on your age, chest x-rays and various laboratory tests. It is imperative to ensure that you bring all necessary documents and fees to your medical exam appointment.
  5. Validity Period: Please keep in mind that the results of your medical examination are valid for a period of 12 months. Failing to become a permanent resident within this time frame may necessitate another examination.

This change signifies a significant shift in the Express Entry application process, simplifying the initial stages of immigration. By removing the upfront requirement of a medical examination, it facilitates a smoother journey for applicants, allowing them to advance through the Express Entry process more expeditiously, bringing them one step closer to realizing their Canadian aspirations.

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