Some Immigrants May Not Need Extra Medical Exam for PR

The IRCC is now extending the medical exam exemption for immigration candidates inside Canada who are applying for Permanent Residency.

Usually, when foreign nationals are applying for Permanent Residency, they must undergo a medical exam. With this exemption, that is no longer needed if the applicant is eligible. This also applies to the applicant’s family members who meet the criteria. While this policy was set to expire on December 28, it has been extended to March 31, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You have applied for PR and have not completed a new immigration medical exam
  • You have completed the exam within the last five years and were found to pose no risk to public safety or health
  • You have not left Canada for more than six months in the last year to live in a country that is on the government’s list of countries requiring an immigration medical exam.

Since the IRCC is dealing with a huge backlog of applications, this policy is supposed to support faster processing times and help temporary residents attain their PR status. According to CIC News, nearly 1.8 million immigration applicants are still waiting to get their PR status.

The applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by the IRCC to discuss the next steps.