February 10, 2015
Finally, I received the Medical Request (MR) and Right to Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) Request from the Canadian Embassy in Manila (CEM). After 4 months of waiting, worrying and doubting at some times, praying and trusting in Him, I was relieved at last. “Para akong nanalo sa lotto” (Just like winning the lottery). 😁
I first paid the RPRF amounting to PhP18,810. I used a manager’s check (as instructed to me by my agent) sent via courier to CEM. The fee can also be paid online. Payment instruction(s) is detailed on the RPRF request email.
The Medical Examination
– After the receipt of MR email, a medical instruction guide will be sent within 72 hours. In my case, I received the guide after 24 hours. Moreover, the medical examination should be done within 30 days after receipt of MR. Only Panel Physicians approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) can conduct the medical exam. For the list of approved Panel Physicians/ Hospitals/ Clinics, visit this link from CIC website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/pp-md/pp-list.aspx
I did my medical exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLEC) Extension at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. It was 6 days after I received my MR. I needed to physically condition myself first, hehe. 😅
– Plan your date. No schedule appointment is needed for SLEC medical exam. A list of requirements (e.g. recent photos, medical instruction and IME1017, passport/ national ID) and details of the exam is available at SLEC Global website: http://www.slec.ph/canada-visa-applicants.shtml
– Do the required tests. For 15 yrs old and above, tests required by SLEC are Physical Examination (visual acuity, height, weight, blood pressure, and whole body check), urinalysis, chest x-ray, HIV, and Syphilis. For applicants working in the healthcare industry like nurses and doctors and those having piercing and/ or tattoos, a Hepatitis A,B,C screening is an added test.
– There will be a vaccination interview where applicants will be asked of vaccines taken (e.g. Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)) as these are a requirement prior to landing in Canada. I do not have vaccination records so I afforded to be vaccinated.
– Total cost of medical exam amounts to PhP9,315:
Php 5,250 (med exam fee) + 1,300 (MMR vaccine) + 2,765 (hepa screening since I have piercing)
– Medical examination total time duration (including the waiting times) : 6:30AM to 3:30PM 🙂
– Some of the results of the tests like urinalysis, HIV, and chest x-ray will be available within the day. Thus, one will know if there are negative findings/ furtherances and additional test like sputum test (for those with lung problems/ TB history). I was happy I didn’t had any negative results. 🙂
– Some points/ advise:
Best to come early. Bring extra drinking water (to generate needed urine sample). No stool sample by the way. Most importantly: be healthy during the medical exam. For those waiting for PER and MR, the waiting time is the best time to exercise, eat well, and cure any illnesses (if any). That way there will be no worries for negative findings during the medical exam. :D👍