Upfront Immigration Medical Examination (IME) for Express Entry

IRCC restarted Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Express Entry on July 6, 2022. They later sent emails about Upfront Immigration Medical Examination to all Express Entry applicants. Let’s discuss this matter in detail.

What is an Immigration Medical Examination (IME)

When you immigrate to Canada, you must have an Immigration Medical Examination (IME). Moreover, some temporary residents may also need IMEs. Of course, the rationale is to ensure you are 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 (IME)

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:

The changes in the Express Entry system

Before July 7, 2022, only those Express Entry applicants who resided in Canada had to do Upfront Immigration Medical Examination. However, IRCC changed this policy. They now expect even outside-Canada applicants to do the examination. Here is the text we received:

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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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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