When do you need a Medical Waiver?

The 2021 Resident Visa applications opens 01 December 2021 [Phase 1] and 01 March 2022 [Phase 2]; and ends 31 July 2022.

While limited medical certificates will be accepted for these applications, Immigration New Zealand will weigh the likelihood of an applicant imposing significant costs to the health system and/or educational system. These costs are NZ$41,000 over a FIVE year period.

The most common conditions [but not limited to] deemed to impose significant healthcare and community service costs are:

  • intellectual impairment
  • functional impairment
  • HIV infection – changes recently made to legislation
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • Organ transplants
  • renal disease or failure
  • cardiac diseases
  • cancer
  • respiratory disease
  • autoimmune disease
  • tuberculosis

How are Health Waivers applied?

Health waivers are exercised when an applicant meets all the [other] criteria of the visa for which they are applying for, and your Case Officer contacts you to advise you have not met the health requirements but a waiver might be considered.

The Case Officer will ask you to:

  • give the Government department more information ABOUT WHY a health waiver should be exercised; and
  • complete a formal submission telling the Government department WHY they should exercise a health waiver.

Immigration New Zealand will review the merits of each case based on compelling [and any compassionate] circumstances that support exercising a health waiver.

These matters are complex and navigating through immigration regulations can become confusing to the lay-person. They involve extensive research of similar conditions and relevant outcomes. Judicial rulings may also be required if your application could be negatively decided.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it is best to seek lawful immigration advice from a practitioner (Licensed Adviser/Lawyer) who are competent in handling such matters.

Feel free to contact us at Admin@a2nz-immigration.com or call us for a confidential chat.


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