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Old Feb 28th 2019, 5:04 pm
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Hi. I have been offered a job in NZ and are going through the visa process. My wife was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2013 and given some medication at the time. Since 2013 she has not needed any medication or follow up treatment as a change of diet seems to have worked.

Has anyone here been successful in getting a visa with the same condition? Would be good to hear some examples as we are quite worried.

I have read the immigration health requirements and it and it seems to suggest autoimmune diseases are ok if controlled with prednisone medication which my wife did take briefly when first diagnosed.

Thanks

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Hi. I have been offered a job in NZ and are going through the visa process. My wife was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2013 and given some medication at the time. Since 2013 she has not needed any medication or follow up treatment as a change of diet seems to have worked.

Has anyone here been successful in getting a visa with the same condition? Would be good to hear some examples as we are quite worried.

I have read the immigration health requirements and it and it seems to suggest autoimmune diseases are ok if controlled with prednisone medication which my wife did take briefly when first diagnosed.

Thanks

Present a fully comprehensive ongoing management plan and prognosis.
This will likely go to a medical referral as a matter of course .

what the operations manual actually states as
Originally Posted by A4.10.1 Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's health and-----
Severe autoimmune disease which may require treatment in New Zealand with immune-suppressant medications other than Prednisone, Methotrexate, Azathioprine or Salazopyrin
Your wife is not even taking this at present so I see a delay but no issue provided you present clearly.
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Thanks Bevs. We are hoping that by not requiring medication or hospital visits that the examiner will look favourably on this.
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Thanks Bevs. We are hoping that by not requiring medication or hospital visits that the examiner will look favourably on this.
They will.

The case officer may feel no option but to refer as a matter of course.
The easier you make it for the medical assessor the better.
Of course, you may get a thinking case officer that feels there is no need and passes the application through but I rather feel the edict is to always make the check.
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Hi. I have been offered a job in NZ and are going through the visa process. My wife was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2013 and given some medication at the time. Since 2013 she has not needed any medication or follow up treatment as a change of diet seems to have worked.

Has anyone here been successful in getting a visa with the same condition? Would be good to hear some examples as we are quite worried.

I have read the immigration health requirements and it and it seems to suggest autoimmune diseases are ok if controlled with prednisone medication which my wife did take briefly when first diagnosed.

Thanks

Hi,
Yes, my Mrs has UC and we got through with Resident Vis approval.......eventually.
She was admitted to hospital Dec 2005 and spent a few weeks having lots of tests etc when they came up with her diagnosis. Since then she's been maintained on Prednisolone for that condition but hasn't needed them regularly for years. She takes them every now and then if she has a mild flare up which is usually caused by diet. She's also had a couple ops just for a look see with the flexible camera but all fine.
We did have some issues with Immigration. Her medical was obviously referred to a Medical Assessor and that idiot assumed many things and got a whole lotta things wrong with her prognosis and her meds etc so on calculating her expected cost to the NZ Health System it meant she would have cost too much so the MA recommended the CO decline our application. We asked for a second opinion, however the second MA (if there was ever a second MA?) agreed with the first so it was still a recommendation to decline the visas.
My Mrs got her UK consultant (who was or still is the leading expert in this field in NW England) to write a report on her prognosis, medication, long term expectations & needs etc which outlined how wrong the MA's report was......Immigration completely ignored it. We did it again.....they ignored it again!
We then employed the services of the leading gastro specialist in NZ. We sent him the whole file, her medical history and even DVD's of both flexible camera operations conducted in the UK. He wrote his own report and submitted it to Immigration and that report completely agreed with the report from her UK consultant, so Immigration had no option but to disregard the MA report and approve the visas. That delay cost us approx. 13 months and we never even got an apology. We could have gone for a Medical Waiver application but decided to fight instead as the MA report was just complete crap and we wanted to show how ridiculous it was.
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