Guide 5568 - Application for Interim Federal Health Program Coverage (IFHP)

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Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide and
  • the required forms

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and
  • assistance on how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step
What you must do to have your application processed.
Important information
Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.
Get more information
Where to get more information.
Note:
Tips that will assist you with this application.

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Submit the application

Before You Apply

Application for Interim Federal Health Program Coverage

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

The Application for IFHP Coverage (IMM 5564) is for persons who are eligible for the IFHP and who want to:

  • apply for new coverage, or
  • extend their existing IFHP coverage, or
  • apply for modified coverage, or
  • request confirmation of IFHP coverage if their original IFHP eligibility document has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

Read the following instructions carefully. Forms that are incomplete or illegible, or that are not accompanied by the required documents may take longer to process or be returned.


Important Information about IFHP Eligibility Documents

The IFHP eligibility document which could be either the Refugee Protection Claimant Document (RPCD) or the Interim Federal Health Certificate of Eligibility (IFHP Certificate), is an important document that identifies you to registered IFHP health-care providers as someone who may have IFHP coverage.

Once you show your IFHP eligibility document to your registered IFHP provider, he must confirm your coverage with the IFHP Claims Administrator each time you need a service or product.

When you receive your new eligibility document, read it carefully and sign it in the area entitled “Signature of Holder.”

Note: Your eligibility document will not be accepted by registered IFHP providers without your signature.


Types of IFHP Coverage

Your immigration status determines the type of coverage that you may be eligible for and is described in the section below entitled: Who is eligible?

The IFHP provides the following types of coverage:

  • 1. Expanded Health-Care Coverage
  • Coverage for services and products provided in Canada that include:
    • hospital services;
    • services of physicians, registered nurses and other health-care professionals licensed in Canada;
    • translation services for health purposes;
    • laboratory, diagnostic and ambulance services;
    • supplemental services; and
    • supplemental products.
  • 2. Health-Care Coverage
  • This coverage includes most services received from a doctor or nurse in a hospital or a private clinic that Canadian citizens are covered for under their provincial or territorial health insurance plans. This includes things like seeing a doctor when you feel sick, prenatal care, and visits to a doctor to be monitored for a health condition like heart disease or diabetes. The following services and products are covered, if provided in Canada:
    • hospital services;
    • services of physicians and registered nurses licensed in Canada;
    • laboratory, diagnostic, and ambulance services; and
    • coverage of medication and vaccines only if required to prevent or treat a disease posing a risk to public health or to treat a condition of public safety concern.
  • 3. Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage
  • Coverage for the following services and products provided in Canada, only if required to diagnose, prevent or treat a disease posing a risk to public health or to diagnose or treat a condition of public safety concern:
    • hospital services;
    • services of physicians and registered nurses licensed in Canada;
    • laboratory and diagnostic services (no ambulance services); and
      immunization and medication.
  • 4. Coverage for Immigration Medical Examinations
    Coverage provided for the cost of immigration medical examinations, including related tests, requested under paragraph 16(2)(b) of the IRPA. This examination is part of the process of applying to come to, or remain in Canada. Coverage of IMEs may be provided in conjunction with other types of coverage.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must qualify under one of the groups listed in the chart below and must not be a Canadian citizen.

If you have private insurance, such as employer-sponsored supplemental health benefits, you may still be eligible for IFHP coverage. However, you are only eligible for coverage for those IFHP services or products that are not covered under your private insurance plan.

Eligible IFHP Groups and Types of Coverage

Resettled Refugees

You are a resettled refugee or a person in similar circumstances chosen for resettlement from outside Canada and you are or were in receipt of governmental resettlement assistance in the form of income support. You are eligible for Expanded Health-Care Coverage.

You are a resettled refugee or a person in similar circumstances chosen for resettlement from outside Canada and you do not receive or have not received governmental resettlement assistance in the form of income support. You are eligible for Health-Care Coverage.

Protected Persons

You are a refugee claimant who has received protected person status following a positive decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) on your claim or on your pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) application; or, your PRRA was approved but you did not have IFHP coverage prior to your application. You should contact your provincial or territorial (PT) health plan where you live and find out if you are already eligible for PT health care and how to apply. If you cannot apply right away, you are eligible for IFHP Health-Care Coverage until you are eligible for PT coverage.

Refugee Claimants

You are not from a Designated Country of Origin (DCO) and claimed refugee protection status in Canada and have not yet received a decision from the IRB. You are eligible for Health-Care Coverage, including Immigration Medical Examinations (IMEs). However, if your country is designated after the DCO policy came into effect (December 15, 2012), your coverage will change automatically to Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage from the date your country is designated.

You are from a DCO but made your claim before the DCO policy came into effect and have not yet received a decision from the IRB. You are eligible for Health-Care Coverage, including Immigration Medical Examinations (IMEs).

You are from a DCO and claimed refugee protection status in Canada and have not yet received a decision from the IRB. You are eligible for Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage, including Immigration Medical Examinations (IMEs).

Note: Your coverage can be cancelled or modified in CIC’s system without notice if your immigration status changes.

Examples of Stages of IFHP Coverage

If CIC determines your refugee claim for protection is eligible to be referred to the IRB for review

On the decision date, your IFHP coverage will begin.

If the IRB determines your status to be a Convention Refugee or person in need of protection OR you are granted protected person status as a result of your PRRA application being  approved

On the decision date, you will automatically be moved to protected persons group and your new Health-Care Coverage will automatically expire in 45 days – during this time, you must contact the PT health plan where you live and apply for PT insurance as soon as you are eligible.

If your claim is rejected by the IRB and you are not appealing the negative decision

  • If you are not from a DCO, your coverage will automatically change from Health-Care Coverage to Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage, for which you will continue to be eligible until you leave Canada;
  • If you are from a DCO, your Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage will not change, and you will continue to be eligible for this coverage until you leave Canada.

If you are not from a DCO and your claim is rejected but you submit an appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)

Your coverage will automatically change back from Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage to Health-Care Coverage, for which you will continue to be eligible until a decision is made on your appeal.

If your claim or appeal is rejected and your leave application for judicial review is denied, or the judicial review of your rejected claim is denied and any further appeals were unsuccessful

  • If you are not from a DCO, your coverage will automatically change from Health-Care Coverage to Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage, for which you will continue to be eligible until you leave Canada;
  • If you are from a DCO, your Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage will not change, and you will continue to be eligible for this coverage until you leave Canada.

If your claim is suspended

  • If you are not from a DCO, your coverage will automatically change from Health-Care Coverage to Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage, for which you will continue to be eligible until a decision is made on your suspended claim;
  • If you are from a DCO, your Public Health or Public Safety Health-Care Coverage will not change, and you will continue to be eligible for this coverage until a decision is made on your suspended claim.

If your claim is abandoned, withdrawn or re-determined ineligible

You are no longer eligible for IFHP and your coverage will terminate immediately.


Important information

In some provinces/territories (PT), refugee claimants can apply for PT health insurance as soon as they receive a positive decision on their refugee claim. If you are required to wait longer than 45 days, you may need to apply for an extension of your IFHP coverage. See section below entitled: When to apply?


For more information

More details about the program can be found in the Order Respecting the Interim Federal Health Program, 2012, and the Interim Federal Health Program Policy. Both are available online at: www.cic.gc.ca/ifhp.


When to apply?

CIC processes applications for IFHP eligibility as quickly as possible. See Appendix A for CIC centre locations.

If you meet the IFHP eligibility requirements and this is the first time you have applied for coverage.

You should submit an application indicating this is a request for first time coverage.

If your current IFHP coverage will be expiring and your situation requires that you continue to be covered.

For example:

  • you are waiting for a decision on your claim from the IRB; or
  • you are waiting for a decision on your appeal from the RAD; or
  • your leave application for judicial review was approved or the judicial review of your claim was granted; or
  • you are a protected person and are still waiting to be eligible to apply for PT health coverage.

You should submit an application for an extension no later than four weeks before the expiry date of your most recent coverage.

If your immigration status has changed and you believe that you meet the eligibility requirements for a different type of coverage (which is not automatically registered in CIC’s system).

For example, your suspended claim was referred back to the IRB and you are now eligible for Health-Care Coverage.

You should submit an application and clearly indicate on the form that you are applying to modify your current coverage and describe your situation.

If your immigration status has changed and you believe that you still meet the eligibility requirements to maintain your current coverage (which is not automatically registered in CIC’s system).

For example, you are appealing a denied judicial review to a higher court and you want to maintain Health-Care Coverage.

You should submit an application and clearly indicate on the form that you are applying to modify and/or extend your current coverage and describe your situation.

If your IFHP eligibility document was lost, stolen or destroyed

You should submit an application for confirmation of coverage.

Note: If the “Valid Until date” box on your IFHP Certificate is blank, you can find the first expiry date of your coverage in the body of the text above your signature. You must apply to extend your coverage before this date, and then annually if you remain eligible. If you are not sure when your IFHP coverage expires, you can verify it by calling the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100.


Step 1. Gather Documents

What documents are required?

Collect the documents you need to support your application. Your application must include:

  • Application for IFHP Coverage (IMM 5564);
  • A clear and legible photocopy of the most recent of the following documents that CIC issued to you or to the child under 14 years of age you are applying for:
    • Refugee Protection Claimant Document (RPCD)
    • Interim Federal Health Certificate (IFHC)
    • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
    • Single Journey Travel Document
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Any other document issued to you and your dependants, if applicable, by Canadian immigration authorities.

Step 2. Complete the Application

Filling out the application

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application form.

The following is the form that must be filled out and submitted for all applicants:

  • Application for IFHP Coverage (IMM 5564)


Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. Answer truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. Be sure to sign your application form and attach the required supporting documents. Your application may be returned if any information or documents are missing.


Application for IFHP Coverage (IMM 5564)

Section A - Personal Details

In this section, provide your personal information, such as family name, date of birth, address, etc.

Note: You can find your client identification number (Client ID) on your immigration document, issued by the CIC office, the Case Processing Centre, or the visa office where you filed your claim. Your client identification number consists of four numbers, a hyphen (-) and four more numbers. (Example: 0000-0000).

Section B – Information for Document Replacement

Complete Section B only if your IFHP eligibility document was lost, stolen or destroyed and you are applying to request a confirmation of existing IFHP coverage.

Section C – Your Status in Canada

In this section, you should describe your immigration status in Canada. Your answers in this section will be used to determine your IFHP eligibility and coverage. Answer truthfully and to the best of your knowledge.

Section D – Other Information

In this section, you should indicate if you are eligible for, have applied for, or have received other health-care insurance. Your answers in this section will be used to determine your IFHP eligibility. Answer truthfully and to the best of your knowledge.

Section E – Declaration of Applicant

Read the declaration. Then sign and date in the boxes provided.


Note

Be sure to attach the supporting documentation listed in the instructions accompanying this form.


Step 3. Submit the Application

To submit an online application:

  • Create a MyCIC account;
  • Under the heading “What would you like to do today” select “Apply for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)”.

Note:  You will receive a response to your application by e-mail, through your MyCIC account.

To submit an application by mail:

  • Put the completed form(s) and supporting document(s) in an envelope;
  • Be sure to use sufficient postage;
  • Send your completed application to the nearest CIC centre listed in Appendix A (at the end of this guide).

It may take two (2) to three (3) weeks before you receive a response.

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Citizenship and Immigration Centre
(Refer to the addresses shown in Appendix A for the closest office).


Note

Sign the form

The application must be signed and dated before it is submitted. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.


What Happens Next

The application process

Submission

Once you have submitted your application to a CIC Centre, either online or by mail, it will be evaluated to determine that it has been properly completed and submitted and that all requested supporting documentation has been provided.

The CIC centre may contact you if you need to provide:

  • more information,
  • additional documents, or
  • if you need to appear for an interview.

Processing

If you are applying: 

  • for the first time; or
  • to extend or modify your IFHP coverage and you meet the requirements; or
  • to request confirmation of an existing IFHP coverage,

CIC will issue a new Interim Federal Health Certificate of Eligibility to you. 

If your application for IFHP coverage is denied CIC will inform you in writing.

Note: Your eligibility period or coverage type will be determined based on your particular immigration status and the initial period will be no more than 12 months. After the 12 months, you will need to apply to extend your coverage if you are still eligible. It is recommended that you apply four (4) weeks in advance of the expiry date to avoid gaps in coverage. CIC  will also send you the IFHP Information Sheet for Beneficiaries which provides detailed information for program beneficiaries and health-care providers.


Factors that facilitate processing

There are certain things you can do to help ensure that your application is processed as promptly as possible by the office:

  • make sure that all the documentation and information requested is provided at the time your application is made.
  • make sure that you notify the CIC Centre promptly of any and all changes to your mailing address, family situation, or any other information that is important to your application.

Change of address

If you change your address after you submit your application, notify us immediately by:

  • e-mail, using the CIC on-line service (consult our website and follow the instructions on how to complete and send the electronic change of address form); or
  • calling the Call Centre.

Protecting your information

When you signed your original document that provided you with IFHP coverage or when you sign a new document issued as a result of this application, you agree that your:

  • medical and personal information will be shared with CIC, IFHP claims administration and other appropriate third-parties for the administration of the Interim Federal Health Program,  and
  • that your personal information may be shared with other government institutions and other third-parties in accordance with the Privacy Act.

For more information.You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre on our website.


Online services

For more information on the programs offered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, visit our website.


How to contact CIC

Within Canada

CIC Call Centre:
1-888-242-2100 (toll-free)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time

If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).


Appendix A - List of Citizenship and Immigration Centres

Atlantic

Quebec

Ontario

Prairies/Northern Territories

British Columbia/Yukon


Atlantic

Fredericton
495 Prospect Street
Fredericton, NB  E3B 9M4

Halifax
1741 Brunswick Street, Suite B110
Halifax, NS  B3J 3X8

St. John’s
21 Hallett Crescent
St. John’s, NL  A1B 4G2


Quebec

Montréal
1010 St-Antoine Street West, 2nd floor
Montréal, QC  H3C 1B2


Ontario

Greater Toronto Area, including Etobicoke, Mississauga and Scarborough
25 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 200
Toronto, ON  M4T 1M2

Outside the Greater Toronto Area
Send your application to the closest CIC as follows:

Hamilton
55 Bay Street North
Hamilton, ON  L8R 3P7

Kitchener
Waterloo/Wellington CIC
29 Duke Street East
Kitchener, ON  N2H 1A2

London
417 Exeter Road
London, ON  N6E 2Z3

Niagara Falls
4318 Portage Road,
Niagara Falls, ON  L2E 6A4

Ottawa
(includes Kingston)
200 Catherine Street, Suite 101
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2K9

Windsor
1250 Walker Road
Windsor, ON  N8Y 4T4


Prairies/Northern Territories

Calgary
Harry Hays Building, Room 210
220 4th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, AB  T2G 4X3

Edmonton
(including residents of Northwest Territories)
Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue
Suite 240,
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4C3

Saskatoon
410 22nd Street East
Suite 660
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 5T6

Winnipeg
(including residents of Nunavut)
Johnston Terminal, Room 400
25 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 0S9


British Columbia/Yukon

Vancouver
1148 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2C3

Whitehorse
300 Main Street
Suite 215
Whitehorse, YT   Y1A2B5

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