Canada Issues Temporary Policy to Allow Some In-Canada Foreign Nationals to Forego the Immigration Medical Exam

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put in place a temporary policy exempting some low-risk, in-Canada foreign nationals from having to complete additional immigration medical exams as part of their application for permanent residence or for a permanent resident visa.

The temporary public policy is in effect until December 28, 2021, and applies to in-Canada foreign nationals who:

  • have submitted a new application for permanent residence or for a permanent resident visa or have a pending application for permanent residence and have not yet completed a new immigration medical exam
  • have completed an immigration medical exam within the last 5 years and were found to pose no risk to public health or safety, or complied with a requirement to report to public health authorities for monitoring, and
  • have not left Canada for more than 6 months in the last year to live in a country that has a higher incidence of a serious communicable disease than Canada, as outlined in the list of countries requiring an immigration medical exam

These temporary measures will help streamline application processing and manage public-health risks.


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