The list of designated countries whose nationals must undergo an Immigration Medical Examination (IME) in order to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa in Canada has been amended.

The changes are as follows:

  • Countries added to the list: Singapore, Fiji, Tunisia and Timor-Leste. 
  • Countries removed from the list: Argentina, Bahrain, Belize, Colombia, Portugal, Seychelles, Surinam, Venezuela and Wallis and Futuna.

The changes impact foreign nationals coming to Canada for six months or more, who have lived in any of the designated countries for at least six months.

Applications already submitted before 23rd November will not be affected by this change, however if applicants are asked to undergo an IME this will be a mandatory requirement of the process.