Canada: Extension to the Exemption on Immigration Medical Exams

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Some foreign nationals are exempt from undergoing a medical examination to apply for permanent residence status  


The government of Canada extended the policy that exempts some foreign nationals from having to complete an additional immigration medical examination as part of the application process for permanent residence. Eligible foreign nationals must have completed a health examination within the last five years and be found to pose no risk to public health. The extension will apply until 31 March 2022. Some foreign nationals will still be required to take a new medical exam. For a list of non-eligible foreign nationals, click here.  

What are the Changes? 

The exemption from a medical examination for certain foreign nationals will be extended from 28 Dec. 2021 to 31 March 2022. This policy helps to streamline the application process for foreign nationals applying for permanent residence. When applying for permanent residence, eligible applicants will need to provide a recently completed medical examination or a unique medical identifier number.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.