What is the Medical Exam needed for some Canadian Visitor Visa Applicants?

In Canada, some temporary resident applicants may have to undergo a medical examination by a doctor in order to be admissible to Canada. Unlike permanent residence applications that often necessitate a medical examination, visitor visas  including temporary foreign workers, students and visitors do not usually need one.

In most cases, visits to Canada that last fewer than six months do not require a medical examination.

When a medical examination is required for visitor visa applicants:

If a visit is going to last more than six months or the applicant is coming to Canada for a job that works with the public (such as a teacher or medical worker), they have to undergo a medical exam. In fact, you may even have to undergo a medical exam if you’re from a country which Canada doesn’t require visas from if you are going to work in a job where public health and safety is considered.

Visitors from certain countries or who have visited certain countries for a designated period of time may also need to undergo a medical examination.

Designated doctors for immigration application medical exams

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a list of doctors that perform immigration medical exams, and not just any doctor can perform them. This list is available here.

If you’re not sure whether or not you need a medical examination before applying for a Canadian visa, speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to ensure you have all of the proper documentation ready.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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