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IRCC to exempt some applicants inside Canada from the IME requirement

The Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser will exempt some permanent and temporary residence applicants who are already in Canada and meet certain criteria from the immigration medical examination (IME) requirement. The announcement was made today, September 1, 2022, during a visit to an IRCC application processing centre in Nova Scotia.

According to the Minister of Immigration, simplifying this process in the coming weeks will impact approximately 180,000 clients. It will also help clients by saving them time and money on the medical examination process and reducing wait times on their applications.

It is important to mention that in July 2022, IRCC sent an email about the IME requirement to invited Express Entry applicants. The email stated the following:

As of July 7, 2022, if you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), an upfront Immigration Medical Examination (IME) is required as part of your application, whether you are in Canada or outside of Canada. Your family members, must also have their IME results, even if they aren’t coming with you.

Source: IRCC mass email.

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What is an Immigration Medical Examination

When you immigrate to Canada, you must have an Immigration Medical Examination (IME). The rationale is to ensure that an applicant is not inadmissible to Canada for health reasons. Panel physicians are a group of IRCC-licensed doctors that conduct these IMEs. Read the following article for more information on medical inadmissibility in Canada:

What is an Upfront Immigration Medical Examination

You usually receive an IME letter and then visit a panel physician. However, in certain circumstances, panel physicians may run IMEs without an IME letter. We call such IMEs upfront. Of course, you may read the following article for more information:

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