Medical Exam Requirements for Canada Permanent Resident Applicants

To protect the health and safety of Canadians, as well as reduce and prevent excessive demand on Canada's health and social services system permanent or temporary resident applicants may be required to undergo a medical exam. Your dependents must also pass a medical examination if they are coming with you or even if they are not coming with you.

Applications for permanent residence will not be accepted if that person's health:

  • is a danger to public health or safety; or
  • would cause excessive demand on health or social services in Canada.

Medical Examination Instructions
Instructions on how to take the medical examination will normally be sent to you after you submit your application to the visa office.

You can only use your examination results in your application for 12 months from when you had the examination. If you are not admitted to Canada as a permanent resident within this time, you will be required to undergo the medial examination again.

Authorized Doctors
Not all doctors can do the medical examination. The medical exam must be completed by a Designated Medical Practitioner designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must see a physician on Canada's list of Designated Medical Practitioners.

Medical Report Procedures
Medical reports and x-rays for the medical examination become the property of the Canadian Immigration Medical Authorities and cannot be returned to you.

The doctor will not tell you the results of the medical examination. The doctor will let you know if you have a health-related problem.

The designated medical practitioner does not make the final decision. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will make the final decision on whether or not you have passed your medical examination for immigration purposes.

The visa office will tell you in writing if there is a problem with your medical examination.

Note: Medical exam instructions on this page are for permanent resident applicants to Canada only. This information is not for applicants of tourist, student, or temporary foreign worker visa. If you are planning a temporary stay in Canada, either as a tourist, student, or temporary foreign worker, please refer to Medical Exam Requirements for Canada Visitor Visa Applicants

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