Immigration Medical Exam Process in Ottawa

Panel Physician Medical Exam Process in Ottawa

Our Panel Physicians will guide you through the process of your Immigration Medical Exam from start to finish. 

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Immigration Medical Exam Process

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will provide you with instructions on when to get your medical exam done. Once you receive the instructions, follow the steps below. If you don’t follow these instructions, the Government of Canada may refuse your application. 

IMPORTANT: As a patient, you have the right to bring a chaperone during the visit.


You book an appointment at our clinic.

Contact one of our clinics to book your Immigration Medical Examination with one of our Panel Physicians. Be sure to schedule an appointment that meets Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada timelines. 


You visit our clinic for your Immigration Medical Exam.

The complete immigration medical exam is done at our centre. We also provide urine and blood testing, and have an x-ray clinic in our building so you can complete the additional testing you need in one location. You are required to pay for your exam on the day of your appointment. 


We submit your exam results online to the government.

Once your complete immigration medical exam is done, we electronically send the results to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. We will also give you a document with your case number (IME/UMI) to confirm that you have completed your exam. Reports are submitted within 5-10 business days of your exam.

Notes Regarding Your Exam

Timing: You must get your exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions.

Refugee Claim: If you are making a refugee claim, a Canadian Border Services Officer will tell you to get a medical exam within 30 days.

Express Entry Program: If you’re applying with the Express Entry Program, you must first apply and once immigration has reviewed your case you will be notified if a medical exam is needed. 

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Included In Your Exam

All Canadian medical exams for immigration must be completed by a registered Panel Doctor and include the following (dependent on age):

  • Health assessment
  • Chest X-ray
  • Vision, urine, and blood test

These services are all available at our clinic and included in one exam fee.

Government Links

For more information about the exam requirements, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website:

Permanent Residents        Visitors, Students & Workers

What To Bring To The Exam

Click on a link below for a list of items to bring to your exam.

What Happens During the Exam

Click below to learn what happens before, after, and during your exam.

  • What do I need to know before my exam?

    Before your exam, make sure you have all your necessary documents, including your medical history, current medications, and relevant test results. Bring your passport, visa application, and other important and relevant documents.

  • Do I need to fast before my exam?

    There is no need to fast before your medical exam. Please feel free to eat.

  • What happens when I arrive for my exam?

    When you arrive, the Panel Physician or clinic staff will ask you for ID. If you are referred for X-rays or other tests, you may need to present your ID again. Your photo will also be taken for our records.

    Your panel physician will go over a medical history questionnaire with you. This questionnaire is about any previous or current medical conditions, as well as any medications you're currently taking.

    Please be honest with your panel physician. Processing your medical exam could take longer if you don’t.

  • What happens during the exam itself?

    During your physical exam, the panel physician or clinic staff will:

    • weigh you
    • measure your height
    • check your hearing and vision
    • take your blood pressure
    • feel your pulse
    • listen to your heart and lungs
    • feel your abdomen
    • check how your limbs move
    • look at your skin

    The panel physician or clinic staff will not examine your genitals or rectal area. The panel physician or clinic staff might need to examine your breasts. If they do, they’ll give you a detailed explanation of why and how the exam will be done.

  • What happens after my exam?

    After the exam, it's important to follow up with any additional requirements or treatments the physician recommends. This is important if you have any medical conditions that require treatment.

    Depending on your age, results of your exam, or medical history, you might need to have additional test. These may include chest X-rays, bloodwork, vision tests or urine tests. If necessary, the panel physician will discuss any abnormal results with you. 

    If required, you may be referred to a specialist for more testing. It's crucial to complete this request quickly. This helps to avoid delays in medical examination processing

  • Can I bring a chaperone to my exam?

    Yes. You have the right to a chaperone at any time during your exam. You may:

    • ask the medical clinic to have a staff member in the room during the exam
    • stop the exam and ask for a chaperone, even if you refused one at first
  • Can I stop the exam to ask questions about what the doctor is doing?

    Yes. If you have questions or concerns, or feel uncomfortable about any part of the medical exam, you have the right to ask the panel physician to stop to tell them about your concerns.


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