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Citizens from a total of 45 countries, including Mexico, Croatia and the Bahamas can now enter Canada without medical examinations according to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada announcement on September 1st. Four countries or territories have been added to the list, including Futuna and Wallis.
“We are committed to ensuring there is a balance between welcoming visitors and newcomers to Canada while protecting the health and security of Canadians. CIC uses an objective threshold to determine whether a country of territory should be added or removed from the designated country/territory list,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in a press release this week.
Most long-term visitors from these countries will not be required to get exams, as well as agricultural workers.
Mandatory medical examinations are still in place for temporary residents working in certain occupations like health sciences or with children, permanent immigrants and refugees, regardless of the country of origin.
“Today’s changes will improve the free movement of people to Canada, while at the same time maintaining the integrity and fairness of our immigration system,” said Minister Kenney.
The determination of which citizens need medical examinations is based on the rate of incidence of tuberculosis in that particular country over a three-year average, with a limit of 15 cases per 100,000 people.
For the updated and complete listing of countries and their medical exam designation go here
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