Medical exam for permanent residents

If you apply for permanent residence, you must have an immigration medical exam. Your family members must also have a medical exam, even if they are not coming with you.

When to get your exam

There are two ways you can get an immigration medical exam, depending on the program you’re applying for.

Check the application instructions for the program you are applying for to find out when to get your medical exam.

Wait for instructions once you have submitted your application

We’ll send you instructions on how to get your medical exam done. You must go for your medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions.

If you make a refugee claim at a port of entry, a Border Services Officer will tell you to get a medical exam within 30 days.

If you don’t follow these instructions your application may be refused.

Get your exam before you submit your application (upfront medical exam)

Are you applying to sponsor your spouse, partner or child?

A new application process for the spousal sponsorship program came into effect on December 15, 2016. Upfront medical exams are no longer needed for spouses, partners or dependent children. To help avoid delays in processing, wait for our instructions before going for your medical exam.

Find more information on what to do for your medical exam.

To get an upfront medical exam, contact a panel physician directly.

Once your medical exam has been completed, the doctor will give you a document confirming that you got a medical exam. Include a copy of that document with your application.

If the doctor works with the eMedical electronic system they will give you an upfront medical notification printout.

If the doctor works with a paper system they will give you a copy of the IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form.

Attach that form to your application before you submit it to the visa office. If you apply online, you must upload that form before you can submit your application.

Who can perform your exam

You must see a doctor on the list of panel physicians. Your own doctor cannot do the medical exam.

The panel physician will do a complete medical exam and may refer you for chest x-rays and laboratory tests. Once your exam has been completed, the physician will send us the results.

The panel physician does not make the final decision about your medical exam. We make that decision. If there is a problem with your medical exam, we will contact you in writing.

Find a panel physician to perform your exam.

What to bring

When you go to your appointment, you must bring:

  • proper identification (you will need at least one document with your photograph and signature, such as a passport, driver’s licence or national identity card),
  • eye glasses or contact lenses, if you wear them,
  • any medical reports or test results that you have regarding previous or existing medical conditions, and
  • the Medical Report form (IMM 1017E), if you do not get an upfront medical exam. We will send you this form.

You’ll also have to bring four recent photographs if the panel physician does not use the eMedical electronic system. Contact the panel physician to find out if they work with eMedical before your appointment.

It is important that you tell the panel physician about any previous or existing medical conditions. Processing your medical exam could take longer if you do not.


You must pay any fees related to the medical exam when you are there. If your application is refused after your medical exam, those fees will not be refunded.


Your medical exam results are valid for 12 months only. If you do not come to Canada as a permanent resident within that time, you may need to have another exam.

Getting a copy of your medical exam

If you want a copy of your medical exam, please ask the doctor when you are there.

Medical reports and x-rays for the medical exam become the property of IRCC and cannot be returned to you.

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