Medical Examination

You must pass a medical examination before coming to Canada. Your dependants must also pass a medical examination even if they are not coming with you.

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

  • is a danger to public health or safety

  • would cause excessive demand on health or social services in Canada; or

  • would affect potential employability or productivity.

Medical Examination Instructions
Instructions on how to take the medical examination will normally be sent to you after you submit your application to the Visa Office.

You can only use your examination results in your application for 12 months from when you had the examination. If your visa is not processed in this time, you will have to take another examination.

Authorized Doctors
Your own doctor cannot do the medical examination. You must see a physician on Canada's list of Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP). A copy of such list will be handed or sent to you by the Canadian Visa Office processing your application.

Medical Report Procedures
Medical reports and x-rays for the medical examination become the property of the Canadian Immigration Medical Authorities and cannot be returned to you.

The doctor will not tell you the results of the medical examination. The doctor will let you know if you have a health-related problem.

The DMP does not make the final decision. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will make the final decision on whether or not your medical examination has been passed for immigration purposes.

The Visa Office will tell you in writing if there is a problem with your medical examination.