Medical test – Do you necessarily need it before coming to Canada?

IRCC demands people coming from certain countries to undertake a medical exam before coming to Canada. Also, anyone travelling to Canada from the designated countries with the intention of living in Canada for 6 months or more must take the medical test. The updated list of the designated countries is available on the IRCC website.

Any family members accompanying the person migrating to Canada must also undergo a medical test. The medical examination has to be conducted by a panel physician in the applicant’s home country who is a duly approved and authorized by the Canadian government as a medical practitioner. The medical examination includes a regular medical exam including blood tests, x-rays, urine tests, heart and lung tests, skin/hearing/sight/weight/pulse check, and a complete analysis of the applicant’s medical history.

At the time of booking an appointment for a medical check-up, make sure that you inform the medical office that you need a medical exam for immigration purpose. The office will update you on the documents you require to get and the fees. The designated organization will then send your results to the approved Regional Medical Office (RMO). The doctor’ office will give you a document that you would need to submit at the time of the application to prove that you have taken the medical exam. These medical test results will be submitted by the RMO to the visa office.

When should the Medical Exam be Taken? There are mainly two kinds of medical exams for immigration purposes –

  1. Up-front medical examination
  2. Medical exam conducted on receiving a request from visa office

Medical examination is to be done in the applicant’s home country and conducted before the submission of the application. Results of the medical exam remain valid only up to a period of 12 months after which the exam needs to be taken again in case the applicant does not apply during that time. Permanent residency application processing is a lengthy process and might take more than an year, which is which, the medical exam can be done on receiving a request from the visa office.

All those entering Canada as temporary residents including visitors, students and temporary workers, the processing time of the application form is generally shorter and quicker, so they can go with the up-front medical examination. The designated organization will then send your results to the approved Regional Medical Office (RMO). The doctor’ office will give you a document that you would need to submit at the time of the application to prove that you have taken the medical exam. These medical test results will be submitted by the RMO to the visa office.