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.

Who can do your exam

This online service will be unavailable from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern time, on Thursday, December 6, 2018, in order to perform system maintenance.

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. They may refer you for chest x-rays and laboratory tests. Once your exam is done, 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 do your exam.

When to get your exam

Check the application instructions for the program you are applying for to know when to get your 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 do not follow these instructions, we may refuse your application.

Get your exam before you submit your application

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. Spouses, partners or dependent children can no longer do an upfront medical exam. Wait for our instructions before going for your medical exam.

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

Once your medical exam is done, 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 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.

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 eMedical. Contact the panel physician before your appointment to find out.

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 we refuse your application after your medical exam, we will not refund those fees.


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 our property. We cannot return them to you.

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