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A4.45 Second opinion assessments by Immigration New Zealand medical assessors (residence applications)

  1. In the case of applications for residence, where the original assessment of an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor is confirmed by that medical assessor and a medical opinion from a medical practitioner or relevant professional which disputes the original assessment has been provided, the Immigration New Zealand medical assessor's original assessment and the further medical or professional opinion will be referred to a different Immigration New Zealand medical assessor for a second opinion. Where this occurs, it is the role of the second medical assessor, acting as a medical referee, to assess whether the applicant is:
    1. unlikely to be a danger to public health; or
    2. unlikely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand's health services or education services; or
    3. able to undertake the work on the basis of which they are applying for a visa, or which is a requirement for the grant of the visa.
  2. The recommendation arising from the second medical assessor's assessment is final.

Effective 29/11/2010


A4.1 Objective

A4.5 Overview of health instructions

A4.10 Acceptable standard of health (applicants for residence)

A4.15 Acceptable standard of health (applicants for temporary entry class visas)

A4.20 Medical and Chest X-ray Certificates: residence class visa applications

A4.25 Medical and Chest X-ray Certificates: temporary entry class visa applications

A4.30 Completion of medical certificates

A4.40 Seeking comment concerning health assessments

A4.50 Second opinion assessments by Ministry of Education (residence class visa applications)

A4.55 Deferral of decisions on residence applications pending treatment for medical conditions

A4.60 Medical waivers (applicants for residence class visas)

A4.65 Medical waivers (applicants for temporary entry class visas)

A4.70 Determination of whether a medical waiver should be granted (residence and temporary entry)

A4.74 Health requirements for mandated refugees and Refugee Quota Family Reunification Category applicants

A4.75 Exception to health requirements instructions for people entering New Zealand for medical treatment

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