We had 3 things that we needed to get before we could submit our full application to the CIC within the given deadline of 60 days (which is 24 September 2018):
- Police Clearance certificates (South Africa and UAE)
- Medical exam
- Updated bank statements
The first thing we did once we received the CIC ITA was go to the South African Consulate in Dubai to get certified copies of our fingerprints and passports.
We then couriered these to the South African Police Services (SAPS) headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa through DHL (our old friend) for processing and issuing of our South African Police Clearance certificates (PCCs). The cost is 114 ZAR (South African Rands) per certificate. As per SAPS, it takes 15 working days to issue a certificate. But we figured, it would be at least 4-6 weeks before we got notification that the certificates were issued. This was the SAPS after all.
So we don’t expect to submit our CIC application until the last week of August, if we are lucky, or the beginning of September 2018. I counted our deadline to be 14 September 2018, since this was a completely online application.
To get a UAE Police Certificate (also known as a Certificate of Good Conduct) will take 3-5 working days, and costs 220 AED each. We plan to get these once our medical exams are completed and we receive the results for them.
The medical exam needs to be done by a designated medical practitioner. There are several in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. From previous posts in the CanadaVisa forum, Sharjah seemed the best option since it was less costly. But when we phoned to check prices, the clinic in Dubai (HealthBay Polyclinic) ended up being the better choice.
The medical exams cost us 2000 AED as Z had to have extra blood tests for Hep C, Syphilis and Serum Creatinine, because of an old ear piercing (which had closed long time ago). Please note: if you have any tattoos and/or piercings, you will have to get these extra tests done. Women who have the normal 2 ear piercings and no tattoos won’t need the additional tests, but if you have any other extra piercings (ear, nose, belly, etc.) and/or any tattoos, this will cost you extra in blood tests. Also ladies – if you are expecting a baby, please speak to the clinic first regarding the x-ray exam and if you will be able to do it.
We had booked the medical tests for 8th August, as we figured that by the time the medical results were given, we would at least be half-way through our waiting period for the PCCs from South Africa. I called ahead to make the appointment booking (this is highly recommended), and received a 9 am slot.
For the medical tests you need to have:
- A copy of the ITA sent by the CIC for PR
- Original passports
- Plenty of water beforehand for the urine test
We arrived at the clinic with about 5 minutes to spare, as we had had to stop at a print shop along the way to print out the copy of the CIC ITA, as I had forgotten to do so before. And no, we couldn’t print it at home because our printer ink had run out. (I suggest right now to all those applying for PR through PNP, please invest in a colour printer for all the forms and documents you will be needing to get copies of.)
Since it was quite early in the morning, the clinic was not too busy. At the reception, I explained that we had an appointment for medical tests for Canadian immigration, and was asked for our passports and ITA copy. I also had to fill out a consent form as the principal applicant.
After 10 minutes, a nurse came to take us to an examining room.
Here, she first took our pictures (no smiling, please) and then gave us the bottles we needed to use for the urine test. Well, okay. Once that was done, she asked us to wait a bit while she uploaded our photos and passport information onto the online medical form. After that, we were taken to see the doctor who would do our physical exam, Dr. Olivia McElwee.
I liked Dr. Olivia. She was polite, calm, and friendly, and had a Scottish accent that was easy to understand :).
She asked us some basic questions regarding our health, any medical issues we have or had, and any operations we may have had. I mentioned that I had had my gall bladder removed in 2013, and Z has high blood pressure (for which he takes chronic medication), but she assured us these would not cause any problems with our results. She then checked us individually – listened to our heart and lungs, checked our throats and our hands on both sides, and also our stomachs.
After this, we went back to the first examining room, to wait for further instructions.
The next test was supposed to be the chest x-ray, but since the technician had not yet arrived, the nurse had us do our blood tests first, and also measured our BPs, checked our height and weight (I don’t even want to comment on my weight. But suffice to say, I need to lose several kilos for sure. *sad*), and did an eye exam. Remember, if you use glasses (like me) or contacts, then for this medical test, you should wear your glasses when you go, as contacts are not allowed.
After the nurse had collected our blood samples, we went back to the x-ray area to get the final part of our medical tests done. The x-ray took slightly longer for me as I had to first change and put on the (generic) hospital gown, and then put my hijab back on before going to the x-ray machine. (They were very understanding about this; not once did I have to keep my hijab off for any reason.)
After all the tests were complete, we went back to the reception area, where the cashier was situated, and paid for the exams. We received our medical certificates that stated our details and the tests we had done. These were the certificates that would be uploaded with all the other documents on our PR application. Once we completed payment, we were told to expect our results within 5 – 7 working days, when it would be uploaded directly from the medical clinic to IRCC.
We do not get to see what the medical results were. If there were any issues with the results, or if any extra tests needed to be done, the IRCC Visa Officer (VO) who would handle our application, would let us know in that regard, once the IRCC started reviewing our application.
Phew. One more step completed. Hoping that there are no unexpected twists to the medical results and everything will continue to proceed smoothly.
Once we know that our South African PCCs have been issued, we can move on to getting the UAE Police Clearance, and after that, the updated bank statements for POF.
Almost there. Just a few more steps before the next big waiting period of IRCC assessing our PR application. In Sha Allah, we will achieve our Canadian dream.