When you submit your application form, you have to provide evidence that you meet our health and character requirements by supplying us with medical certificates and police certificates.
It could take weeks or even months to gather all the documents you will need, so you should start getting them together as soon as possible.
Think about the timing when you are getting hold of these documents, for example police certificates must be less than six months old at the time you lodge your application, and medical and chest x-ray certificate forms must be no more than three months old at the time you lodge your application.
In order to prove that you and your accompanying family members are of good character, we require you to supply police certificates if you are applying for residence or will be working, visiting, or studying in New Zealand for longer than two years.
All applicants aged 17 years and over who are applying for work, visit or study visas for longer than two years must provide:
All residence applicants aged 17 years and over must provide:
To find out how to get a police certificate from most countries, read the Obtaining a Police Certificate section. You may need to pay a fee to obtain a police certificate.
Note that some countries will only send police certificates directly to Immigration New Zealand. If that is the case, we recommend you allow three months for this to happen.
If you need to prove you and any accompanying family are in good health, you must each undergo medical examinations and tests in order to complete medical certificate and chest X-ray certificate. The evidence that you supply depends on how long you intend to stay in New Zealand.
You do not need to provide a medical certificate or chest X-ray.
You must provide a completed Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF if you have risk factors for tuberculosis. This must be completed by you and a radiographer or radiologist. If you have already provided a chest X-ray certificate within the last 36 months you may not need to provide a new certificate.
Children under 11 years of age and pregnant women are not required to submit an X-ray certificate.
You must provide a completed General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF. If you are the partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident and you meet the relevant requirements under the Partnership or Dependent Child categories, you must provide a completed Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201) and Chest X-ray Certificate instead. If you have already provided these certificates within the last 36 months you may not need to provide new certificates.
Your medical and chest X-ray certificates must be no more than three months old at the time you lodge your application. Children under 11 years of age and pregnant women are not required to submit the Chest X-ray Certificate. However, they are still required to submit the medical certificate.
In some countries, Immigration New Zealand selects medical panels of registered medical practitioners and/or radiologists. If you and any family are resident in one of these countries, a panel doctor must complete your medical and X-ray certificates.
See the panel doctor list for details of the appropriate panel doctor for your area.
You will have to pay the fee for the medical practitioner and/or radiologist to complete their examinations and tests, and for any further medical examinations we may require.
Note: Many of our branches provide checklists with local requirements on their branch web pages.