Medical exams for Express Entry

An immigration medical exam (IME) from a panel physician is a requirement for permanent residence. Your family members must also have a medical exam, even if they aren’t coming with you.

If you have already completed an IME

If you have already completed an IME as part of a previous application (for example, to work or study) and are currently living in Canada, you may not need to complete another one when you apply for permanent residence.

When the panel physician completed your exam they would have given you an

  • information printout sheet and
  • IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form

Please provide a copy of these documents, or your IME number (or unique medical identifier number) from your previous medical exam when you apply online.

If we cannot use your old results, we’ll send you instructions on how to get your medical exam done after you submit your application.

If you’ve never completed an IME

As of October 1, 2023, you no longer need to get an upfront medical exam before you submit your application for permanent residence through Express Entry.

If you’ve never completed an IME,

  • upload a blank document in the upload field of the Express Entry Profile Builder when submitting your application, and
  • wait for us to send you further instructions on when to get your medical exam

We won’t approve your permanent resident application if your health

  • is a danger to Canada’s public health or safety
  • would cause too much demand on health or social services in Canada

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