Exemption for Immigration Medical Exam

On June 30, 2021 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a new Temporary Policy allow some applicants to submit their previous medical exams as old as form 5 years ago.


As per the information issued by Immigration Canada, this policy will be in effect till December 28, 2021 and allow some low-risk, in-Canada foreign nationals to skip the requirement of new medical exam submission when they submit an application for permanent residence or for a permanent resident visa.


Medical Exam being preformed

In order to be eligible for this new temporary policy, as per IRCC an applicant must:


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

IRCC said that they are taking these measure to streamline the processing of the applications but it may be very well possible that they are planning for something big in the near future.


As per this new temporary policy, "A foreign national’s family members who live in Canada may also be eligible under this temporary public policy if they meet the criteria listed above" which is a great sign of relief for some applicants. Applicants have to submit their unique medical identifier number from the previous medical along with the application and if for some reason the medical results cannot be used, the applicant will receive instructions from IRCC regarding the further steps.