Can you get a medical waiver?

If you or any family member included in your application do not have an acceptable standard of health, your application will be declined, unless Immigration New Zealand will grant you a medical waiver.

For residence visa applications, medical waivers will only be considered, if you meet all of the other requirements for approval of your application.

For temporary entry class visa applications, medical waivers will only be considered, if you meet all of the other requirements for approval of your application, and:

• you are the partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder, or

• you have applied for a temporary visa as a seconded business person, or

• you have been recognised has having refugee or protection status in New Zealand.

Find out about when a medical waiver cannot be granted.

Where can you get a medical certificate?

You have to see a recognised medical practitioner to obtain your medical clearance.

In New Zealand, any medical practitioner holding a current annual practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Medical Council may conduct the medical examination and complete the medical certificate.

If you are overseas, you need to see a Panel Doctor.

In most countries outside New Zealand, there is a panel of medical practitioners, called panel doctors, or institutions which must be used for your medical examination. Only doctors and radiologists approved by Immigration New Zealand, so-called Panel Physicians, can certify your standard of health.

There are 639 approved doctors worldwide:

Panel Physicians

To find your nearest approved Panel Doctor in your country of residence or in New Zealand search the register on www.https://www.immigration.govt.nz.

If you have any health problems and think that you might have difficulties demonstrating that you have an acceptable standard of health, please talk to one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. They are experienced in assisting our clients with applying for medical waivers.

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Read more about the Skill Shortage Lists:

Which Visa is Right for You?

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Read more about health:

The Skill Shortage Lists

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