Foreign nationals who are in Canada may not have to complete an medical exam as part of their immigration application.
When applying for permanent residence or for a permanent resident visa, applicants typically must provide an immigration medical exam or a unique medical identifier number from their previous medical exam.
The new public policy applies to foreign nationals in Canada who:
Applicants’ family members may also be eligible under this temporary public policy if they meet the criteria listed above, and are also living in Canada.
The measure is in effect now until December 28, 2021.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says the new policy will help speed up immigration application timelines, allowing more temporary residents to get their full permanent residency status.
There are currently many immigration applicants in Canada. Throughout the pandemic, the government has focused its efforts on pathways to permanent residence for temporary residents. This was part of an effort to work toward immigration targets amid travel restrictions and other coronavirus-related measures.
There were two major ways the government did this. It used its already-existing Express Entry system to send Invitations to Apply for permanent residence to candidates who were most likely in Canada. Also in May, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino launched six temporary pathways to permanent residence for French speakers, essential workers and international student graduates. Within 25 hours, all 40,000 slots for graduates were used up. The government is still accepting applications for essential worker and French-speaking streams until November 5, or until spaces fill up.
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