Canadian Immigration Medical Exam – What to Expect?

I’ve received a couple of emails asking about the Canadian immigration medical exam so I’m sharing my experience with that in today’s post.

I submitted my self-employed application in early 2018 and received a notification to go ahead with my medical exam later that year.

This medical exam is usually requested after you have passed through the approval process and you are deemed eligible for the program you applied for.

Canadian Immigration Medical Exam - What to Expect

What is the Canadian Immigration Medical Exam?

The Canadian immigration medical exam is part of the application process for finalizing your application requirements and confirming your COPR. 

Depending on the immigration stream you applied for, this medical exam can be requested months before your application is finalized or it can be required right around the time everything is about to be finalized. 

The medical exam is carried out to check for any serious medical conditions or communicable diseases. 

Canadian Immigration Medical Exam – My Process

I received a medical request from Canadian immigration with instructions about how to complete the immigration medical exam within 30 days.

The medical request mentioned the documents required, which were the medical report form, passport, and photographs.

I also received a link to the IRCC list of approved panel physicians, which can be found HERE

I called up all the hospitals and clinics on the list so I could compare the costs, which varied wildly between all of them.

I eventually settled on the one that made me comfortable, Health Bay Polyclinic, and was a reasonable price. 

Canadian Immigration Medical Exam – What to Expect?

When I arrived, I was given a form to fill by a nice nurse. Afterward, I gave her the medical report form sent to me and other documents.

I waited a few minutes more before she took me into the exam room. She took my picture then asked for a urine sample. She also took a blood sample.

After we were done with that, she took me to the doctor’s office where I was examined and she asked me a few questions about my general health while she filled in some documents.

Finally, I was taken to the x-ray room where I grabbed a cup of coffee while waiting followed by the procedure.

I was then taken to the cashier to pay. For the costs, you can check How Much Do You Need to Immigrate to Canada?

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How Long Does the Canadian Immigration Medical Exam Take?

The entire process took less than an hour to my surprise even though they were a bit busy.

All the staff I interacted with were nice and polite. I asked the nurse if I could have a copy of the results and she said, unfortunately, they couldn’t provide it to me. I was fine with that.

A few days later, she called me with an update. They had completed the tests and submitted the results online to Canadian immigration.

She also provided the proof of the medical exam sheet, which had to be uploaded onto my online IRCC profile along with other documents requested.

Around 2 weeks later, my online profile updated with “medicals passed” and that was it.

How Long Are Medical Exam Results Valid For?

Medical exam results are usually valid for one year during which your application should be approved and your COPR issued with a deadline to land before your results expire.

The duration from start to finish may vary from country to country but that’s how long it took me in UAE. I also chose that clinic because of its excellent reputation.

The medical tests probably check for serious communicable diseases like HIV, and the x-ray checks for signs of something serious like TB I guess.

I didn’t really ask because I already conducted an unrelated medical test a few months before and knew everything was fine with me.

A few tips though, drink lots of water at least 24 hours before the medical exam and probably don’t drink alcohol.

I wish you luck with your medical exam. If you have any questions, ask in the comments section below.

If you require assistance with putting together a thorough application that represents all your experience and future intention when you settle in Canada, have a look at my consulting and coaching page HERE.

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1 thought on “Canadian Immigration Medical Exam – What to Expect?”

  1. Thank you for letting us know that medical exams for immigration usually check for serious communicable diseases, and the results are usually valid for one year during which your application should be approved. My cousin will be working overseas soon, so she needs to get a physical first while preparing the documents she needs to submit for immigration. I’ll keep this in mind while I help her get her physical exam done soon.


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