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Posted on September 07 2022

No medical exams for 180,000 Immigrants to Canada

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: 180,000 Canada immigrants were exempted from medical examinations

  • 180,000 immigrants to Canada are exempted from medical examination provided they meet some criteria
  • The applicants for temporary and permanent residency are eligible for the exemption
  • An investment of 85 million CAD helped in reducing the visa application backlogs

Abstract: Canada announced the exemption of medical examinations for 180,000 immigration applicants.

The Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, has announced the waiving of medical examinations for 180,000 applicants. The waiver is applicable to temporary residents and Canada PR or permanent residency applicants who are already staying in Canada.

The applicants would be eligible only if they meet specific requirements.

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Policies for Immigrants to Canada

Canada has implemented policies to make it easier for immigrants to apply for Canada PR. The policies are given below:

  • Canada has employed 1,250 immigration employees to process visa applications.
  • IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has digitalized the application process.
  • IRCC is conducting video and telephone interviews with the applicants and sponsors

The policies are intended to speed up the visa application processing. By incorporating technology with the visa application processing system, the Canadian government prioritized the people.


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Reducing the visa application backlogs

To address the processing of visa applications and issuing Canada PR to immigrants staying in Canada in accordance with the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, the government has invested 2.1 billion CAD in the past five years and 317.6 million CAD in Budget 2022.

Additional funding to reduce application backlogs

An additional investment of 85 million CAD was done in the 2021 Economic and Fiscal Update to process the visa application faster and reduce the backlog.

The funds were utilized in:

  • Reducing the waiting period
  • Hiring application processing staff
  • Digitizing applications
  • Incorporating digital-based solutions like advanced analytics and digital intake

New features in the visa processing systems

Canadian immigration authorities have also integrated a status tracker into the application processing system. In February 2022, the IRCC introduced an application status tracker to facilitate permanent residence candidates, sponsors, representatives, and dependents to track the status of their visa applications.

By 2023, Canada plans to expand the status tracker to cover 7 temporary residence and permanent residence programs. The IRCC also launched a citizenship application status tracker for applicants and their representatives in May 2021.

From autumn 2022, the immigration department will start publishing estimates of the time taken to process an application.

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