Everything you need to know about getting a Medical if you’re immigrating to Canada

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When you apply for Permanent Residency to Canada, you will be required to undergo a medical examination. Here’s what you need to know if you’re getting a medical examination for Canada.

But wait, it’s not only you. Your family members also have to go through a medical exam.

As defined by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), family members (dependants) are your closest relatives, including your spouse (or common-law partner), dependent children, and your children’s dependent children.

Even if those family members aren’t joining you in Canada, they will all need to undergo a medical examination.

All of your family members (dependants) must undergo a medical exam performed by an IRCC-approved panel physician, even if they’re not coming with you to Canada.

The reason for this is that IRCC would like to make sure that they are admissible to Canada (should you decide to be sponsored in the future).

If any of your dependants are found inadmissible, your own application for Permanent Residency might make you inadmissible.

Who can do your medical examination?

You have to get your medical examination with an IRCC-approved panel physician.

You can’t have your medical examination done by just any other doctor, the doctor must be an IRCC-approved panel physician.

The panel physician doesn’t make any decision regarding your medical exam, only IRCC makes that decision.

If IRCC finds any issue with your medical examination, you will be contacted in writing.

When can you get your medical examination done?

Depending on which immigration program you are applying for, you can get your medical examination done before or after you submit your application for Permanent Residency.

Getting your medical examination done before you submit your application for Permanent Residency

You have the choice of having an upfront medical examination done before submitting your application for Permanent Residency.

Make sure you get your medical examination done by someone who is authorized by IRCC.

If you are sponsoring your family members (dependants), you cannot do an upfront medical exam. You have to wait for instructions from IRCC before you can proceed.

Getting your medical examination done after you submit your application for Permanent Residency

IRCC will send you instructions by mail on how to get your medical examination done.

You will be given 30 days from the date you receive the instructions. to complete your medical examination.

Failure to follow the instructions might result in IRCC refusing your application for Permanent Residency.

What you should bring to your medical examination

Here’s everything you should bring to your medical examination:

  • valid government-issued identification (bearing your photograph and signature, such as a Philippine Passport)
  • corrective eyewear, such as prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • medical reports or test results indicating any pre-existing medical conditions
  • a complete list of any medication you might be currently taking
  • a completed Medical Report Form (IMM 1017E), if you are NOT getting an upfront medical examination
  • 4 recent photographs, if the panel physician does NOT use eMedical

If you are required to do other tests in addition to the medical examination, you might be required to present your documents again, so have them available.

What you’ll need to pay for

When you get your medical examination done by a panel physician, you will need to pay for the following fees:

  • fees relating to the actual medical examination
  • doctor or radiologist fees (if required)
  • special tests, investigations or treatments (if required)
  • specialist fees (if required)

What you should expect during your medical examination

Only an IRCC-approved panel physician can conduct a complete medical examination for your application for Permanent Residency.

When you arrive for your medical examination

The IRCC-approved panel physician will ask you for government-issued identification to confirm your identity.

If you are referred to a specialist for additional tests, you will be asked to present your government-issued identification.

Your picture will also be taken during the medical examination.

Medical History Questionnaire

The panel physician will help you complete a medical history questionnaire.

The medical history questionnaire will list any pre-existing medical conditions you might have.

The panel physician will also ask you about any medications you might be currently taking.

Make sure to disclose any and all pre-existing medical conditions. Failure to do so might result in delays in your application for Permanent Residency.

Physical Examination

As part of your medical examination, you will be asked to undergo a physical examination.

During the physical examination, the panel physician will check your:

  • weight
  • height
  • hearing
  • vision
  • blood pressure
  • pulse
  • heart and lungs
  • abdomen
  • limbs
  • skin

The panel physician will not check your genitals or rectal areas. These are NOT required by IRCC.

If the panel physician needs to check your breasts, they will provide you with an explanation as to why they require the examination, and how the examination will be performed.

Other possible tests

Depending on your age, you might be required to do additional tests such as x-rays at another clinic or library.

This is normal, and the panel physician will discuss the results from any additional tests you might be required to take.

To avoid any delays in your application for Permanent Residency, you should complete the additional tests as soon as you have received instructions from the panel physician.

You can bring someone with you to the medical examination

You have the right to be accompanied by a friend or relative during the medical examination.

If a friend or relative is not available, you may ask the panel physician for an additional member of their staff to be present in the room during the medical examination.

You can also ask the panel physician to stop the medical examination if you have any questions.

You can stop the medical examination to request for a friend, relative or another member of the panel physician’s staff to be present in the room during the medical examination, even if you declined the offer the first time.

You can tell the panel physician to stop the medical examination at any time if you have any concerns whatsoever.

What happens after your medical examination?

After the medical examination, the panel physician will send the results to IRCC.

The panel physician will give you a document indicating that you underwent the medical examination.

This document will serve as proof that you took your medical examination.

If you have any concerns whatsoever about how the panel physician conducted your medical examinations, you should contact IRCC immediately.

How to include the results of your medical examination with your application for Permanent Residency

If you had undergone an upfront medical exam, you have to include a copy of the Upfront Medical Report (IMM 1017B) with your application for Permanent Residency.

If the panel physician uses eMedical, you will be given a copy of the information sheet to include with your application for Permanent Residency.

If you have already submitted your application for Permanent Residency, you do not need to submit anything further to IRCC.

How long are the results of your medical examinations valid for?

The results of your medical examination will be valid for a period of 12 months.

If you do not arrive in Canada within those 12 months as a Permanent Resident, you might be asked to undergo a new medical examination.

Requesting for a copy of the results of your medical examinations

If you would like a copy of the results of your medical examination, make sure to ask the panel physician before you leave their clinic.

The medical reports (including x-ray results) become the property of IRCC.

IRCC will not return the results of your medical examination to you.

How about you guys, are you ready to submit the results of your medical examination for Canada?


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