We have a list of panel physicians (doctors and radiologists) appointed by INZ to perform medical examinations on our behalf, in certain countries. In countries where there are no panel physicians, a registered or board-certified or licensed physician may complete the examination.
To find out about how to become an Immigration New Zealand panel physician, contact your nearest branch.
On Friday 19 April 2013, INZ and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the joint management of an aligned panel physician network. See the joint press release.
The MOU supports closer inter-governmental co-operation with Five Country Conference (FCC) members - New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA. This will help to ensure the latest capabilities developed by partner countries can be incorporated by INZ, or effectively administered by our partners with INZ support.
The MOU is intended to improve customer service, facilitate INZ implementing electronic processing of its immigration health examinations and support the broader alignment of New Zealand migration health polices and processes with the practices utilised by our FCC partner countries.
Alignment will occur in three phases, commencing on 19 April 2013, and is expected to be completed by July 2014.
The first phase will include panel physicians in countries where every panel physician already undertakes medical examinations for both Australian and New Zealand visa applicants. Letters have been sent, from 22 April, to panel physicians affected in this phase.
The second phase will be implemented in late June 2013. Letters will be sent to physicians in the countries within phase two at the beginning of May 2013 to advise that their countries are being reviewed. Information about which countries are captured in each phase will be published shortly.
The Handbook for Medical Examiners is a guide to completing the Immigration New Zealand medical and chest X-ray certificates. A number of documents that accompany the handbook are also available.
The forms and guides that medical examiners may need are all available here.