the CanadaVisa Team - 20 September, 2017
Upfront medical examinations are no longer available for Family Class Canadian immigration applicants and remain available only to Express Entry applicants in the permanent residence lines of business.
Applicants for permanent residence are vetted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for medical and criminal inadmissibility. Visa and immigration officers and border services officers have the authority to issue medical instructions. Once instructions are issued, applicants must undergo the medical examination within 30 days.
Examinations are conducted with an IRCC-recognized panel physician. The results are then added to the application for review by IRCC.
Applicants may be denied a a permanent resident visa on medical grounds, if:
Upfront medical examinations are now available for the following immigration classes:
Late last year, the government of Canada announced a new target to process applications to sponsor a spouse/common-law partner within 12 months. In some cases, this target roughly halves the waiting period for these applicants and their spouses/partners.