How do I apply to CaRMS if I am an IMG?

If you are and International Medical Graduate and wish to apply for residency positions in Canada, you must first ensure you are eligible to do so.

As an IMG, to be eligible to participate for the 2021 R-1 Main Residency Match, you must:

  1. Be attending or have graduated from a school listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (;

  2. Written and passed the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination
  3. One of the following:
    -Written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
    -Written and passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I

    NOTE 1:
     The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) exams do not substitute for the MCC.
    NOTE 2: To apply for the IMG BC Clinical Assessment Program and/or the Alberta IMG Program, and consequently be eligible for positions in British Columbia and/or Alberta, candidates must have written the MCCQE Part I by no later than November 2020 for the 2021 R-1.

      4. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Visa holders are not eligible.

The above-mentioned criteria are the basic requirements to allow you to participate in the CaRMS match and are not necessarily the only criteria to apply for positions within the different provinces. At this link ( you will find the provincial criteria section of the CaRMS website. Criteria listed under a given province in this section will apply to all programs within that province. It is your responsibility to ensure you have read the information provided under the provincial restrictions to meet all the necessary requirements when applying for the programs of your choice.

To see a list of available programs for the R-1, please click here: Each program is solely responsible for application and document criteria. Each program will indicate what documents are required, which exams need to be passed and which provincial assessments are preferred. You should also check the provincial criteria of the province in which the program is found as well.

Registration begins in July of a given year.




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