Hot off the Press – Changes to Health Criteria

New Zealand – effective 02 September 2022 – RESIDENCE CATEGORY

From 02 September 2022, the threshold for determining conditions that may impose significant health costs has increased from $41,000 to $81,000.

We don’t see this as a disadvantaging an applicant who has chronic health issues. If anything, the cost over FIVE years has given a future applicant $40,000 more leeway.

Most applicants for residence class visas must have an acceptable standard of health.  

The prior threshold for determining whether health conditions impose significant costs was $41,000, over: 

  • five years, or  
  • the predicted course of the condition. 

Residence applications lodged before 4 September 2022 will be assessed at the previous cost threshold of $41,000. Applicants may be considered for medical waivers on a case-by-case basis.  

If you have concerns about your Health and feel you will need some guidance for medical waivers, feel free to contact us by emailing or calling us on +64 0274214153.