Express Entry candidates are no longer required to provide upfront medical examination

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On September 29, 2023, the Government of Canada implemented changes to the upfront medical examination requirement for Express Entry applicants. As of October 1, 2023, upfront medical examinations are no longer mandatory during the application process. 

Instead, applicants are advised to await instructions before proceeding with a medical examination. Applicants must complete a medical examination within 30 days of receiving the instructions. This modification aims to simplify the application process and ensure that medical examinations are carried out at the appropriate time. 

IRCC Instructions for Express Entry candidates who have already completed an IME

If you have already completed An immigration medical exam (IME) as part of a previous application (for example, to work or study in Canada) and are presently residing in Canada, you may not need to do so again when applying for permanent residence. 

When the panel physician finished your evaluation, he or she would have handed you a

  • information printout sheet and
  • IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form

When applying online, please include a copy of these documents or your IME number (or unique medical identifying number) from your prior medical exam.

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