Instead, Express Entry applicants are advised by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to await specific instructions before undergoing a medical examination.
No Upfront Medical Examination Required
Starting from October 1, 2023, Express Entry applicants are no longer required to submit a medical examination upfront.
This change simplifies the application process, reducing the initial paperwork burden on applicants.
Instructions for Applicants with Previous Medical Exams
If you’ve previously completed an Immigration Medical Exam (IME) for work or study permits, provide:
- Information print out sheet
- IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form
- IME number from your previous medical exam
IRCC will use your old results if applicable, sparing you from undergoing another medical exam.
If Old Results Can’t Be Used: In case your previous results can’t be used, IRCC will provide clear instructions on how to proceed after submitting your application.
Instructions for First-time Exam Takers
When submitting your Express Entry application, simply upload a blank document in the specified field.
IRCC will send you detailed instructions on when and how to get your medical exam done. It’s crucial to follow these instructions closely.
Understanding Medical Inadmissibility
IRCC will assess your medical admissibility. Your application won’t be approved if your health poses a risk to public safety or health in Canada or if it would strain Canadian healthcare or social services.
Applications Before October 1
Applications submitted before October 1st still require a valid medical examination confirmation upfront. These exams are typically valid for 12 months.
In exceptional cases, IRCC might consider proof of a scheduled medical appointment or a detailed letter explaining your efforts.
However, these alternatives do not guarantee acceptance and are subject to IRCC’s discretion.
What is Immigrant Medical Exam (IME)?
When applying for permanent residence, an Immigrant Medical Exam (IME) is required for both applicants and accompanying family members.
During your appointment for the medical exam, ensure you bring the following:
- Proper identification
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses, if applicable
- Any medical reports or test results related to previous or existing medical conditions
- A list of your current medications
- The Medical Report form, if you haven’t undergone an upfront medical exam
- 4 recent photographs, in case the panel physician does not utilize eMedical services.