a eMedical in Canada

Dr Wojtek Ciszak

What is immigration eMedical?

by Dr.

eMedical is the government-operated online system, designed for submitting medical reports of immigration examinations, lab reports and X-rays. This electronic system of processing immigration medicals was first introduced by the Australian government for their own immigration program. Since the Canadian immigration system is very similar to the Australian, Canada joined eMedical in 2013 and now both are operated cooperatively from a server located in Australia. New Zealand also joined in 2014. The medical branches of the respective governments access the data and make their determinations on that basis.

All immigration applications lodged after 25 March 2013 are subject to being processed electronically. Some applicants who lodged their application before that date may still have some paper forms with instructions to have them completed by the doctor and submitted by mail. That is no longer possible. Your Panel Physician will advise you what can be done in this situation.

The expected advantage of eMedical is improvement in efficiency and speed of processing by the immigration medical branch. In the years past it was not uncommon for reports and files to be lost, causing delays and making it necessary for applicants to undergo the medical examination over again. This should hopefully be completely eliminated with the eMedical system.

However, the fact that it is an online system does not make it any simpler. The immigration medical reporting process is still very complex and time consuming for the Panel Physician and his staff.

At this time, all Panel Physicians in Canada are equipped to perform examinations under the eMedical system. This includes all the physicians listed on the CIC Panel Physician page, on the Australian DIBP Panel Physician page. and on the N. Z. Panel physicians page.

Applicants often ask if they can receive a copy of their eMedical report. We can create a printout or a pdf file containing a summary of the data submitted to immigration. Please bear in mind that, if there were any abnormal findings, the Panel Physician would advise you of them either at the time of the examination or soon after the results of the X-ray and lab tests have been received. Nothing is reported to immigration while withholding it from you.

It may be of value to you to request a copy of your X-ray report and the CD of the X-ray image directly from the Radiology Clinic, even if it was normal, since it can later be used by your doctor as a baseline for comparison.

(updated 2015)


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