BREAKING NEWS: Canada Introduces New PR Application Changes
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Today, we want to talk about some new changes Canada made for people who want to live there permanently (they call this Permanent Residency or PR).
These changes are really important, especially for those who want to move to Canada and make it their home. So, let’s talk more about what these changes are and how they work.
Canada’s New Approach to Medical Examinations
Previously, Express Entry PR candidates had the obligation to furnish their medical examination outcomes right from the outset. However, in a move that brings relief to numerous hopefuls, Canada has abolished this prerequisite.
The novel guideline now encourages applicants to stand by until they receive explicit directives on undergoing a medical examination. Post this notification, a window of 30 days is granted for the completion of the said medical test.
If you’re amongst those who’ve already undergone a medical exam for another reason (like work or study) while residing in Canada, there’s more good news. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) suggests that another examination might not be necessary when you apply for permanent residence. This condition holds true if:
- Your earlier medical test (eMED) was conducted within the last five years.
- You’re presently living in Canada.
- The previous eMED displayed minimal or no risk concerning public health or safety.
Should your past results be deemed unusable, the IRCC will dispatch comprehensive guidelines about your impending medical evaluation.
Aiming for Simplicity & Precision
This modification has been instituted with two primary objectives. Firstly, to declutter the application procedure, and secondly, to ensure medical evaluations are scheduled optimally. But remember, IRCC might decline your permanent resident application if your health:
- Poses a threat to Canada’s public health or safety.
- Might overburden Canada’s health or social services.
A medical examination from a designated panel physician remains essential for acquiring permanent residence. This rule also extends to family members, even if they’re not relocating alongside you.
There are two categories of immigration medical tests:
- Standard Medical Exam.
- Streamlined Medical Exam – This variant is an expedited process that IRCC might demand under pressing scenarios such as humanitarian crises.
But who’s eligible to administer these tests? Only a doctor from IRCC’s panel of physicians. Your personal physician doesn’t qualify. Additionally, the decision regarding your medical test rests not with the panel physician but the IRCC.
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