top of page

Immigration Medical Examinations for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 

Wellington Medical Clinic is a busy primary care site that commits to completing IME applicant medicals 7-10 days after the medical appointment. Please do not call for a status update on your application until at least 10 days have passed since your appointment. Thank you for your kind consideration 


The Immigration Medical Exam (IME) is conducted to assess whether an applicant poses a risk to Canadian Public Health or Public Safety or represents an excessive demand on the healthcare system 

The role of the Panel Physician and Clinic 

  • The role of the Immigration Panel physician is ONLY to collect medical information on behalf of the IRCC - we do not determine the success of an application nor do we have any information on processing times 

Types of Immigration Medicals 

  • Immigration Medical Exam - Generally for permanent residence 

  • Upfront Medical Exam - Generally for visitors students and workers 

  • Canada-Ukraine Authorisation for Emergency Travel (CUAET)



STEP 1: Identification

Make sure you have the correct identification 

For your Medical you must bring with you one of the following identification documents 


  •  Original passport 

  •  National ID Card

  • Canadian Driver's Licence 

  •  Refugee travel document 

  •  Red Cross travel document 

  •  UN laissez-passer 

  •  OAS travel document 

  •  Refugee Protection Claimant

  •  ANY Government ID from Ukraine 


NOTE: If you have no identification you may still proceed - however IRCC will need to work with you directly to assess your identity 

STEP 2: Review 

Familiarize yourself with support for applicants and reasonable expectations of the Panel Physician and Clinic 


  • Neither the Panel Physician nor Wellington Medical Clinic Staff can comment on application success nor processing times

  • More general information may be found here

  • Check the status of your application here


STEP 3: Translation

  • Our office does not provide any form of translation 

  • Please bring with you someone to assist you in translation should this be required 

STEP 4: Review Tests and Costs 

Review the costs and which tests you and your family will need

  • Immigration Medical Exams (IME) and Upfront Medical Exams (UFM): All private medicals at our office are provided at $245 per person. This includes the physical exam and one follow up phone call if needed 

  • Labs (blood and urine): Lab services will be through the Satellite Lab (BOOK HERE) or any LifeLabs location (BOOK HERE) - see below for detailed instructions about how to do the urine testing

IMPORTANT: You do NOT need to have the tests done before your medical exam,
but you are encouraged to have your tests done on the same day as your medical 

Cost Breakdown:

  • Immigration Medical Exam: $245.00

  • X-Ray (if needed): $180.00 (no cost if covered by provincial health)

  • Labs (if needed): Approximately $80.00 (no cost if covered by provincial health)

STEP 5: Schedule

Book your appointment by calling our office at 250-740-2100 ext 4

STEP 6: Photographs 

Some patients may be required to have professional photographs taken and bring them to their appointment with the panel physician – these photos must meet this criteria (print this guide and bring it with you the photographer):

  • Required for patients over the age of 15:  TWO photographs

  • Required for patients over the age of 11:  ONE photographs

  • Children aged 0-10:  NO photographs required

Every patient of every age will also have a digital photo taken in the office to be uploaded to the eMedical website

STEP 7: Imaging

(If needed) Chest X-rays must be done at Nanaimo Regional General HospitalAppointments cannot be scheduled ahead of time, this is done on a walk-in basis only. Please arrive BEFORE 3:00pm

STEP 8: Lab tests


(If needed) Book your lab appointment at Satellite Lab or any LifeLabs location 

Instructions for urinalysis:

  • Please ensure that you are well hydrated

  • Do not excessively exercise 1-2 days prior to the urine test

  • Do not complete the urine test when you have a fever

At your Immigration Medical Exam 

  • Bring all corrective eye wear(glasses/contact lenses)

  • Prepare and bring a list of all your medications 

  • Parking is available on the street or within the parkade

  • Dr Martin is a male physician, Dr Oberholster is female - you may choose your preference and/or bring a chaperone 

  • Only the applicant, a translator, a chaperone (if required) and small children of the applicant will be permitted to accompany the applicant into the exam room 

  • No breast, rectal or genital exams are required for immigration medicals however applicants do need to remove their outer clothing and wear an examination gown 

  • A digital photograph will be taken at your appointment and uploaded to your eMedical account - this is a mandatory expectation of IRCC 

  • Applicants will be required to sign a consent declaration 

  • If needed, a urine test will be required, please attend well hydrated to assist in obtaining a sample 

  • The exam itself will take 30 minutes or less; however, the entire proccess may take up to 1.5 hours 

  • Results for blood tests and X-Rays must be transmitted to IRCC within 10 days of your exam. It is therefore highly recommended that you arrange for your X-ray and Lab tests (if needed) to be done on the same day. Our office cannot book these for you 


If you or your family have received COVID 19 Vaccines please bring proof of vaccination with you to your appointment. We are recommending face masks be work in the office during your appointment.

bottom of page