On October 12, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a temporary public policy exempting certain foreign nationals from submitting an immigration medical examination (IME). This will fasten the processing of applications and allow applicants to obtain temporary or permanent resident status much more quickly. This exemption applies to foreign nationals who have a new or pending application for permanent or temporary residence, made from within Canada, or have completed an immigration medical exam in the last 5 years.