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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 completing 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 March 31, 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 December 28, 2021, to March 31, 2022. This policy helps streamline the application process for foreign nationals applying for permanent residence. Eligible applicants must provide a recently completed medical examination or a unique medical identifier number when applying for permanent residence.

Looking Ahead

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

Source: Government of Canada

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