IME for Pregnant Women, a guide by IME Clinic located in Surrey, New Westminster, Langley & More
Updated on April 27th, 2023
The IME for pregnant women is a necessary part of the immigration process. It ensures that pregnant women are healthy and not carrying any medical conditions that could pose a risk to public health or safety. By following the guidelines set by IRCC and informing the panel physician of any special needs or concerns, pregnant women can safely undergo the IME and continue with their immigration plans.
The first thing to consider is whether your immigration application requires a medical exam. If you’re planning to stay in Canada for six months or less, you won’t need to undergo an immigration medical exam. However, if you’re immigrating as a permanent resident or temporary visitor, such as with a super visa, you’ll need to have an immigration medical exam, unless stated otherwise.
As a pregnant woman, you have a few options when it comes to the chest x-ray component of the exam:
- You can have the x-ray now with a special protective shield. It’s important to consult your panel physician for advice before proceeding with this option.
- You can choose to defer the chest x-ray. If you opt for this, your panel physician will inform IRCC and complete all other parts of the Immigration Medical Exam before submitting it to eMedical. However, the medical report won’t be processed until the x-ray examination is complete, which may cause a delay in your application.
- You can postpone the entire examination until after giving birth. This option may be more suitable for some pregnant women.
IME Clinic recommends postponing the examination and provides an examination deferral letter for your IME. This will help ensure the safety of both you and your baby during pregnancy.
When should pregnant women undergo an IME and what does it include
According to the guidelines set by IRCC, pregnant women should undergo an IME in their second trimester of pregnancy. This is typically between 14 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Furthermore, the IME for pregnant women includes a comprehensive physical examination, as well as urine and blood tests. The physical examination includes a review of your medical history, as well as a check of your eyes, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, extremities, and skin. The urine and blood tests are used to screen for tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV, and other medical conditions that could affect your admissibility to Canada.
Who conducts the IME for pregnant women and what to expect?
The IME for pregnant women is conducted by a panel physician who has been authorized by IRCC to conduct medical examinations for immigration purposes. The physician will assess your overall health status and evaluate any medical conditions that could affect your admissibility to Canada. Moreover, during the IME, the panel physician will ask you questions about your medical history, including any previous pregnancies or medical conditions. They will also conduct a thorough physical examination, which may include a breast exam and a pelvic exam. However, the pelvic exam is not mandatory and can be deferred until after delivery if necessary.
Important for your comfort
Pregnant women should inform the panel physician if they have any special needs or concerns during the exam. For example, if you have difficulty lying on your back or on your stomach, the physician may adjust the exam accordingly. Additionally, if you require a female chaperone during the exam, this can be arranged.
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