- This is not current policy -
The policy in this manual ceases to be effective from 29 November 2010.
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A4.5 Overview of health policy
- All applicants for visas and permits must have an acceptable standard of health unless they are entering New Zealand for specific medical treatment and have been granted a visa or permit for this purpose.
- A person has an acceptable standard of health if they are:
- unlikely to be a danger to public health; and
- unlikely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services or special education services; and
- able to undertake the work or study on the basis of which they are applying for a visa or permit, or which is a requirement for the issue or grant of the visa or permit.
- For the purposes of this policy, ‘Health services’ includes all health and disability support services funded through Vote Health.
- Applicants for residence and applicants for temporary entry are assessed to determine whether they have an acceptable standard of health using separate sets of criteria. Assessment of whether a temporary entrant has an acceptable standard of health takes into account their length of intended stay in New Zealand (see A4.10 and A4.15).
- Applicants for entry to New Zealand are required to provide evidence of their health status as follows:
- applicants intending a stay in New Zealand of more than six months and who have must provide a Temporary Entry chest X-ray certificate (see A4.25.1);
- applicants for residence, and applicants for temporary entry intending a stay in New Zealand of more than 12 months must provide a full Medical and Chest X-Ray Certificate (see A4.20 and A4.25).
Note: Pregnant women and children under 11 years of age are not required to have an X-ray examination.
- Immigration and visa officers may however, request a Temporary Entry chest X-ray certificate or a full Medical and Chest X-Ray Certificate regardless of the period of intended stay in New Zealand, if they consider this is necessary to establish whether the applicant has an acceptable standard of health.
- Generally, an applicant’s Temporary Entry chest X-ray certificate or full Medical and Chest X-Ray Certificate will be valid for any temporary entry application they make within a period of two years (see A4.25a).
- Some applicants who are assessed as having an unacceptable standard of health may be granted a medical waiver (see A4.60 and A4.65).