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A Guide to Canada’s Immigration Medical Exam: What to Expect

Today, we delve into a crucial aspect of Canadian immigration: the medical examination. Aspiring immigrants often wonder about the medical conditions that might affect their admissibility to Canada. It’s essential to understand the requirements and processes involved in ensuring medical admissibility to Canada.

Before being granted permanent residency in Canada, individuals must fulfill certain conditions, including meeting medical admissibility criteria. This means having no medical condition that could endanger the Canadian population. Whether you’re applying for study, work, or permanent residency in Canada, meeting medical inadmissibility rules is paramount.

There are three primary reasons for medical inadmissibility:

1. Danger to Public Health: Having a contagious disease or condition that poses a risk to Canadians.

2. Danger to Public Safety: Possessing a mental health condition that could lead to violent behavior, endangering others.

3. Excessive Demand on Health and Social Services: Having a medical condition that would strain Canada’s healthcare system.

When applying for residency, all members of your nuclear family, including your spouse and children, must undergo a medical examination. Even if family members aren’t accompanying you immediately, they might join you later, posing a potential threat if they have undiagnosed medical conditions.

It’s crucial to note that only panel physicians approved by IRCC can conduct medical examinations. You cannot visit any doctor or private clinic for this purpose. For those applying through express entry, there’s an option to undergo upfront medical examinations before or after submitting the application. However, opting for an upfront medical examination shortens the validity period for traveling to Canada after receiving confirmation of permanent residency.

The cost of medical examinations can be significant, varying by country. For example, in Kenya, the medical examination cost for permanent residency is substantial. It’s essential to plan accordingly, considering the expense involved, especially since there are no refunds if your application is unsuccessful.

The types of medical examinations required depend on age:

1. 0-4 Years Old: Physical examination, checking weight, height, pulse rate, blood pressure, hearing, vision, heart and lung health, and breathing.

2. 5-10 Years Old: Physical examination, plus urinalysis.

3. 11-14 Years Old: Physical examination, urinalysis, and chest x-ray for tuberculosis.

4. 15 Years and Older: Physical examination, urinalysis, chest x-ray for TB, blood pressure check, eye checkup, and blood tests for syphilis and HIV.

It’s important to note that panel physicians don’t determine admissibility; IRCC makes that decision based on medical reports. Panel physicians only conduct and submit the test results to IRCC for review.

Undergoing a medical examination is a crucial step in the Canadian immigration process. It’s essential to be aware of the requirements, costs, and procedures involved to ensure a smooth application journey.

Worldbridge Immigration Services can be your guide to a successful immigration to Canada.

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Website: www.theworldbridge.ca
Email: info@theworldbridge.ca
Phone/WhatsApp: +1-416-727-7766
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