FAQ Visa and Immigration Program Temporary residence Visitor Visa I now need an immigration medical exam (IME) to visit Canada. Does this affect my submitted application?

I now need an immigration medical exam (IME) to visit Canada. Does this affect my submitted application?

People who apply to come to Canada temporarily and who lived in a country/territory with a high tuberculosis rate need an IME with their application. We use data from the World Health Organization to calculate the tuberculosis rate.

As of November 23, 2017, if you lived in Singapore, Tunisia or Fiji for most of the past year (6 months or more), you must complete an IME when you apply to come to Canada for six months or more.

If you lived in the following countries, you no longer have to complete an IME, unless we contact you and ask for one:

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • Portugal
  • the Seychelles
  • Surinam
  • Venezuela

If you already submitted an application before this change:

  • you won’t be penalized if you followed the guidelines that existed at the time we received your application, however,
  • you have to get an IME if we asked you for one.

Find out who must complete the Immigration Medical Exam.

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