Let’s face it, peeing into a cup is probably the last thing you envisaged being asked to do before you embarked on the journey to become a permanent resident of Canada. However, fast-forward a few months and here you are sitting in the clinic of an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)-approved Panel Physician awaiting your Canadian immigration medical asking yourself “how did I get here?”
Much like your driving test or language exam, your Canadian immigration medical can be a daunting experience if you don’t know what to expect, but that’s where we come in. We have created this informative guide to arm you with all the information you will need before your appointment with an IRCC Panel Physician. So, let’s get started.
Who needs to do a medical?
A medical exam is required for all Canadian permanent residence applicants, as well as some applicants for temporary status.
Where can I find a Panel Physician?
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to your Canadian immigration medical is to make sure that you select a doctor from the registered list of IRCC-approved Panel Physicians. You cannot get your own doctor to undertake the exam, this is a big no-no. You can select a Panel Physician from a location close to you, whether that is in Canada or abroad.
How can I book my Canadian immigration medical?
You can schedule an appointment for your Canadian immigration medical by phoning or emailing the doctor that best meets your needs. It may be the case that you contact a number of different IRCC Panel Physicians before scheduling an appointment with one that suits you best.
How long do I have to complete my medical?
IRCC will send you instructions on how to complete your medical exam. Once you have received these instructions then you will have 30 days to complete the medical. The anticipated wait-time for an appointment with a Panel Physician can vary depending on the doctor and clinic that you choose to visit.
Can I expect to do my medical within that 30-day deadline?
Yes, a Panel Physician should be able to facilitate your appointment within the deadline. Dr. Zachary Seifer from the in Brampton, Ontario has stated that those looking to undertake their exam at his clinic can expect to wait no more than four days to see a doctor from the date of appointment, with many people getting an appointment in two days or less.
How much will the exam cost and how can I pay?
Medical exam fees are decided by the Panel Physician that you choose to visit. For example, if you are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and choose to do your medical at the Complete Immigration Medical Centre in Brampton then you can expect to pay $220 CAD for the exam and an additional $40 for an x-ray exam that is mandated for many applicants. This would be considered a competitive fee, compared with other options in the GTA.
Unfortunately, if the IRCC refuses your application after your medical exam, they won’t refund those fees.
Finally, while many Panel Physicians accept debit or credit cards as payments, others do not. So, make sure you check in advance and take out the full amount in cash, if required.
Top tips to ensure your IRCC medical exam goes smoothly
On the day of your Canadian immigration medical you need to be as prepared as possible. To do that, you need to ensure that you:
- Arrive on time.
- Bring all necessary documents.
- Don’t forget your ID.
- Bring glasses if you wear them.
- Are able to fill out a medical history questionnaire.
- Are aware of what is covered in the physical part of the medical exam.
Depending on your exam results, you may be referred to a specialist for more testing. It’s a good idea to complete this request as soon as possible to avoid delays in the processing of your medical examination.
Can I bring someone with me?
In a word, yes. You have the right to a chaperone during the medical exam.
You may also ask the medical clinic to have a staff member in the room, to stop the exam at any time to ask questions about what the doctor is doing, or even stop the exam and ask for a chaperone, even if you refused one at first.
If you have questions or feel uncomfortable with a part of the exam, please ask the Panel Physician to stop and tell them about your concerns.
Does the Panel Physician forward my medical results to IRCC, or do I have to do that?
After the exam is complete, the Panel Physician will send the results directly to IRCC. You will then receive a document confirming that you completed a medical exam. Keep this as proof of your medical exam.
How should I include the exam results in my application?
If you had an upfront medical exam before sending in your application, then you must include a copy of the IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form with your application. However, If the doctor works with eMedical, they’ll give you an information sheet print out to include with your application.