Ottawa Exempted Certain Applicants From The Medical Examination Requirement On October 12, 2022,

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Ottawa Exempted Certain Applicants From The Medical Examination Requirement

On October 12, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a temporary public policy exempting certain foreign nationals from submitting an immigration medical examination (IME). This will fasten the processing of applications and allow applicants to obtain temporary or permanent resident status much more quickly. This exemption applies to foreign nationals who have a new or pending application for permanent or temporary residence, made from within Canada, or have completed an immigration medical exam in the last 5 years.


In order to qualify for this exemption, foreign nationals must:

A fresh or pending application for a permanent resident visa, permanent residency, or temporary residence submitted from within Canada

completed a recent immigration medical examination, posed no risk to public health or safety, or, as needed, reported to public health authorities for monitoring.

Applicants must provide their individual medical identification number from their prior physical when submitting an application. Until October 6, 2024, the temporary public policy will be in force.


As part of this commitment, the temporary public policy strives to improve client service, enable quicker application processing, and streamline the application process for low-risk applicants while efficiently addressing public health concerns. Between May 2021 and March 2022, IRCC implemented two temporary public policies that were similar to each other and did away with the requirement for a second IME. The solutions sped up processing and reduced costs by streamlining the application procedure. Over 85,000 low-risk applicants benefited from the first two temporary public policies, and it is anticipated that this most recent policy will help over 180,000 more people.


What is a Medical Examination?

An individual who has just immigrated to Canada may undergo medical surveillance to ensure that their dormant tuberculosis has not become active. Anyone who was identified with inactive tuberculosis during their immigration medical test must undergo medical surveillance (IME). Medical monitoring makes sure that the right care can be given, which in turn helps to protect Canadians’ health and safety.


The only medical condition that currently necessitates medical surveillance is inactive TB.


To find out more details about the “Ottawa Exempted Certain Applicants From The Medical Examination Requirement”, you can contact one of our immigration specialists at  Gunness & Associates.


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