New immigration medical examination process in effect as of November 1st

Yesterday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) mandated new changes to the immigration medical examination forms and Immigration Medical Examination Instructions (IMEIs), in anticipation of the eMedical implementation and the new release of the Global Case Management System (GCMS) 4.0.

As of today, November 1st, all Designated medical practitioners (DMPs), and Regional Medical Offices (RMOs) are required to use the new forms and IMEI.  Prior to the changes, all immigration medical examinations were completed using a paper-based system.  Once the forms were completed, they were mailed to the respective RMOs for further medical assessment.

Now with the advanced technology of eMedical and GCMS 4.0, new immigration medical examination forms will be forwarded to, and assessed in newly updated GCMS medical screens.

The forms, listed below, are available on the CIC website as well as under the “Forms” section on the CIC intranet site.

In support of the release of the new GCMS 4.0, all previous versions of the IMM 1017 form as well as the Appendix C will no longer be used.  Instead, two newly-revised IMM 1017 forms have been created:

  •  IMM 1017: Medical Report: Client Biodata and Summary – not available on the CIC website as it will be GCMS-generated along with medical instructions
  • IMM 1017B: Upfront Medical Report: Client Biodata and Summary – not available on the CIC website as panel physicians will have these forms in their office.
  • NOTE: With the implementation of the new IMM 1017B, the Appendix C will no longer be required.

Refugees Claimants (Abroad)

For refugee claimants making their claims at the port of entry, instructions on how to proceed with their immigration medical examination will be provided by Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers.

It is important to note that CBSA officers will not have access to the IMM 1017 forms in GCMS nor will they be able to create a file in the system.  As such, it will be the clients’ responsibility to bring these instructions to a Canadian Designated medical practitioner.  The physician will then proceed to input and submit the results of the immigration medical examination on a paper form for these clients.

Refugee Claimants (Inland)

Claimants making their claims at an inland CIC office will be able to create a file in GCMS and have medical instructions issued normally.

Click here to download the new forms, IMEIs and the 2009 Designated Medical Practitioners Handbook.