From time to time, our married Canadian Immigration clients become expecting parents prior to the issuance of their Canadian immigration visas. A pregnancy during an application for permanent residence, or prior to filing an application to sponsor a wife can create delays in processing. When the medical examination is conducted, a chest x-ray is required. Since x-rays cannot be performed safely on pregnant women, completion of medical examinations must occur after the child is born, and usually require the addition of the child to the application for permanent residence unless one parent is already a Canadian citizen or unless the child is born in Canada. Since processing times are long enough already, couples should be aware of further delays in the event they are expecting a baby within the time frame in which medical examinations will be conducted.

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