Medical exams and police checks

When you apply, you may need to provide proof of a medical exam and/or a police check.

Medical exams

You may need to have a medical exam. This is to

  • protect the health and safety of Canadians
  • prevent excessive demand on Canada’s health and social services system

Find out more about medical exams.

Medical surveillance

If you’re found to have inactive tuberculosis in your medical exam, you’ll be required to undergo medical surveillance once you’re in Canada to ensure that you get proper treatment.

Police certificates

We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help visa officers make sure you aren’t a security risk to Canada.

You must get a police certificate if you’re applying for permanent residence or Canadian citizenship.

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

You might need a police certificate if you’re coming to Canada as a:

  • tourist
  • student
  • temporary worker
  • live-in caregiver

Find out more about police certificates and where to get a police certificate depending on where you live.


Page details

Date modified: