Medical exams and police checks

When you apply, you may also 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 burdens on Canada's health and social services system.

Find out more about medical exams.

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.

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