Good news as Canada makes new changes in permanent residency (PR) rules


Canada has recently made some changes to the permanent residency (PR) application process, specifically regarding medical examinations. These changes are aimed at streamlining the process and making it more efficient.

Under the previous system, Express Entry PR candidates were required to submit their medical examination results upfront. However, under the new system, applicants will now be notified when to undergo a medical examination. This notification will be sent once the applicant has been invited to apply for PR. Applicants will then have 30 days to complete the required medical test.

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For individuals who have previously undergone a medical examination in Canada for reasons such as work or study, there is good news. If your previous medical examination took place within the last five years, you may not be required to undergo another one. However, this is subject to the following conditions:

  • You are currently residing in Canada.
  • Your previous medical examination indicated minimal or no risk to public health or safety.

If your previous medical examination results are not considered valid, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will provide you with instructions on how to proceed with your next medical assessment.

These changes have been introduced with two primary objectives in mind: streamlining the application process and optimizing the scheduling of medical assessments. However, it is important to note that the IRCC may still reject your PR application if your health:

  • Presents a threat to the public health or safety of Canada.
  • Might place an undue burden on Canada’s healthcare or social services.

A medical examination conducted by a designated panel physician remains a vital requirement for obtaining permanent residence. This rule applies to family members as well, even if they are not accompanying you.

Categories of Immigration Medical Examinations

There are two categories of immigration medical examinations:

  1. Standard Medical Exam
  2. Streamlined Medical Exam – This expedited process may be requested by the IRCC in urgent situations, such as humanitarian crises.

It is important to note that only a doctor from the IRCC’s panel of physicians is eligible to conduct these tests. Your personal physician does not qualify. Furthermore, the decision regarding your medical examination rests with the IRCC.


These changes to the PR application process are significant and should be noted by all potential applicants. By streamlining the medical examination process, the IRCC is making it easier and more efficient for people to immigrate to Canada.

If you have any questions about the new medical examination requirements, please leave comments below.

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