Diabetes and NZIS

Old Apr 3rd 2010, 5:43 pm
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Hi, this might be too specific for anyone on the forum to help with but here goes. I've got diabetes type 1 (several daily injections) and have had it for over 20 yrs. My HbA1c's over the last few years have been over 8 and I am currently trying to bring it down. Does the NZIS medical check have a cutoff value of HbA1c where they'll refuse me a visa on medical grounds ?

I dont have any complications yet and the regular checkups seem to go ok (touch wood).
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Hi there.

I quote what NZIS have to say about acceptable standards of health .
You would probably be looking at a 'medical referral' judging by the posts we see here. People with high BMI have gone through the medical referral process.


Here is a link to NZ diabetes organisation. They may be able to give you a guide to costs.

What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an 'auto-immune' condition.

Please note that per Appendix 10 of the NZIS operations manual it states.....
Severe autoimmune disease, currently being treated with immuno-suppressants other than prednisone
Where an application is complicated by a health requirement, it might be best to seek & pay for the assistance of a quality immigration advisor. You will need to have to hand your consultants reports , a prognosis etc.

Jan n Neil availed (click the link) themselves of an advisor that did them good service. Perhaps ask them for the details.

Originally Posted by NZIS
A4.10 Acceptable standard of health (applicants for residence)
  1. Applicants for residence visas and permits must have an acceptable standard of health unless they have been granted a medical waiver. An application for residence must be declined if any person included in that application is assessed as not having an acceptable standard of health and a medical waiver is not granted (see A4.60).
  2. Applicants for residence are considered to have an acceptable standard of health if they are:
    1. unlikely to be a danger to public health; and
    2. unlikely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand's health services or special education services; and
    3. (unless the applicant is sponsored for residence by a person who holds refugee status in New Zealand) able to undertake the work 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.
  3. The conditions listed in Appendix 10 are considered to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's health and/or special education services. Where a visa or immigration officer is satisfied (as a result of advice from an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor) that an applicant has one of the listed conditions, that applicant will be assessed as not having an acceptable standard of health.
  4. If a visa or immigration officer is not initially satisfied that an applicant for residence has an acceptable standard of health, they must refer the matter for assessment to an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor (or the Ministry of Education as appropriate).
A4.10.1 Assessment of whether an applicant for residence is unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's health services
  1. The requirement that an applicant for residence must be unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's health services is not met if, in the opinion of an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor, there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's medical condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of $25,000.Note: Assessment will be in terms of current costs with no inflation adjustment.
  2. In the case of acute medical conditions, the medical assessor will provide an opinion on whether there is a relatively high probability that the condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of NZ$25,000 within a period of four years from the date the assessment against health requirements policy is made.
  3. In the case of chronic recurring medical conditions, the medical assessor will provide an opinion on whether, over the predicted course of the condition or group of conditions, there is a relatively high probability that the condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of NZ$25,000.
A4.10.5 Assessment of whether an applicant for residence is unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's special education services
The requirement that an applicant for residence must be unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's special education services is not met if the Ministry of Education (MoE) has determined that there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's physical, intellectual, sensory or behavioural condition or group of conditions would entitle them to Ongoing and Reviewable Resourcing Schemes (ORRS) funding.
A4.10.10 Assessment of whether an applicant for residence is unlikely to impose significant demands on New Zealand's health services
The requirement that an applicant must be unlikely to impose significant demands on New Zealand's health services is not met if, in the opinion of an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor, there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's medical condition or group of conditions will require health services for which the current demand in New Zealand is not being met.

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