After ITA, Express Entry requires upfront medical Examination Results

Canada Immigrants in 2022 Canada Traveller Canada Travel Canada New Immigration Fee Structure IRCC resumed Express Entry program draws on July 6th, 2022 for all programs. To all Express Entry applicants, they sent out an email about an Upfront Immigration Medical Examination. Covid-19 testing
  • July 26, 2022

IRCC resumed Express Entry program draws on July 6th 2022 for all programs. To all Express Entry applicants, they sent out an email about an Upfront Immigration Medical Examination.

In the text sent to the applicants, it stated:

As of July 7, 2022, if you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), an upfront Immigration Medical Examination (IME) is required as part of your application, whether you are in Canada or outside of Canada. Your family members, must also have their IME results, even if they aren’t coming with you.

  • This change applies to-
    • Principal applicants
    • Dependent spouses – accompanying or non-accompanying
    • Any dependent children – accompanying or non-accompanying

So, before the email, only applicants who were living in Canada under Express Entry were required to take an Upfront Immigration Medical Examination. In the present, however, this is not the case.

Previously, upfront medical exams were an option, but now it appears that IMEs are mandatory to submit a complete application following an ITA. To avoid delays in processing, it is also recommended to submit the upfront medical exam after receiving the ITA and biometric fee.

 

How Is An Immigration Medical Exam Conducted?

A Medical Examination for Immigration (IME) is required if you want to move to Canada. It is to ensure that you are not inadmissible to Canada due to health reasons. Doctors who are licensed by the IRCC conduct an IME.

In Canada, there are two types of immigration medical exams. One is the regular IME and other is an Upfront Immigration Medical Exam. An upfront medical exam is for people who do not have an application in the eMedical system.

In general, you receive an IME letter and then visit a panel physician for a medical examination. In some cases, panel physicians do not require an IME letter to perform an exam. Thus, this is basically what an upfront medical examination is.

 

What is the process for booking an Upfront Medical Exam?

The immigration medical exam can be scheduled directly with a panel physician. Hence, you must contact a panel physician to schedule the immigration medical exam. In addition, you will have to undergo the same tests – a physical examination, x-rays, and bloodwork. There is only one difference: you will not receive the IMM 1017 Medical Report form from IRCC.

A upfront medical exam is only valid for 12 months, after which a new one is required if you do not come to Canada within that time frame.

 

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