Medical Exam Requirements for Canada

Medical Examination for Temporary Residents
Persons applying for Canadian visit visa, study permit, or work permit have to undergo medical examination by a Designated Medical Practitioner. Visitors staying in Canada for less than 6 months generally do not require medical examination.

However, a medical examination is required if you intend to work in an occupation in which the protection of public health is essential even if your duration of visit is for less than 6 months.. The following list provides examples of such occupations. This list is not all-inclusive.

  • workers in the health sciences field
  • clinical laboratory workers
  • patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes
  • medical students admitted to Canada to attend university
  • medical electives and physicians on short-term locums
  • teachers of primary or secondary schools or other teachers of small children
  • domestics
  • workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly and the disabled
  • day nursery employees
  • agricultural workers from designated countries or territories.

Applicant, who will stay in Canada for longer than 6 months, need a medical examination if:

  • The applicant has resided or stayed temporarily for six or more consecutive months in a designated country or territory in the one year immediately preceding the date you sought entry into Canada. This applies even if you are a citizen of a country where you do not require a visa to enter Canada.
  • The applicant is coming to Canada to work in an occupation in which the protection of public health is essential. See Jobs for which you need a medical examination for more information.

Medical Examination for Permanent Residents
Canadian permanent residency applicant and all the dependents must pass a medical examination before coming to Canada. Medical examination of all the dependents is required whether accompanying to Canada or not. Instructions on how to take the medical examination are normally sent to the applicant after application for Canadian permanent residency has been submitted to the visa office.

Medical examination results can only be used for 12 months from the date when the applicant had the examination. If applicant is not admitted to Canada as a permanent resident within this time, applicant will be required to undergo another examination.

Applications for permanent residence will not be accepted if that person’s health:

  • is a danger to public health or safety; or
  • would cause excessive demand on health or social services in Canada.

The Designated Medical Practitioner will not disclose the results of the medical examination. However, the Designated Medical Practitioner will inform the applicant if there is any health-related problem.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada  makes the final decision on whether or not the applicant has passed the medical examination for immigration purposes. The concerned visa office  informs the applicant in writing if there is a problem with the medical examination.

Applicants applying for Canadian Permanent Residency as Skilled Worker, Investor or Family Sponsored through the Canadian immigration consultancy services of Brilliancy Immigration are provided with all the necessary information regarding the medical examination. Contact us for any further information.


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