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Immigration with a son with cochlear implants (hearing impairment)

Old Mar 6th 2019, 12:59 pm
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Hey there, I am new to the forum and as a family we are interested in applying for a PR for working in New Zealand. I have been told that there may be an issue with a visa for our 5 year old son with hearing impairment. He has two cochlear implants but he is in main stream school which accommodates a few number of kids with interventions for hearing impairment. He attends speech therapy sessions twice a week at his school. Without his hearing aids he is totally deaf, with them he hears quite well.


The greater part of the medical expenses related to his condition have already been met during the operation and getting the speech processors and I don’t know if he is regarded as a burden to the New Zealand medical system. The only other anticipated costs are the speech processor costs should they be damaged or during an upgrade.


Has anyone else tried to or has been successful with immigration with a deaf child/a child with cochlear implants??

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https://www.health.govt.nz/your-heal...hlear-implants

I would see if you could find out if you could get the follow ups free, the processors can cost between 6-9k. You may not get any funding as its says newly assessed.
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Default Re: Immigration with a son with cochlear implants (hearing impairment)

Originally Posted by teegonah View Post
Hey there, I am new to the forum and as a family we are interested in applying for a PR for working in New Zealand. I have been told that there may be an issue with a visa for our 5 year old son with hearing impairment. He has two cochlear implants but he is in main stream school which accommodates a few number of kids with interventions for hearing impairment. He attends speech therapy sessions twice a week at his school. Without his hearing aids he is totally deaf, with them he hears quite well.


The greater part of the medical expenses related to his condition have already been met during the operation and getting the speech processors and I don’t know if he is regarded as a burden to the New Zealand medical system. The only other anticipated costs are the speech processor costs should they be damaged or during an upgrade.


Has anyone else tried to or has been successful with immigration with a deaf child/a child with cochlear implants??
Hi there and welcome to BritishExpats and to this NZ forum.

Both MrsF and I live in New Zealand as it happens.

From what I have read , your lovely son would not meet the required standards set by NZ Immigration. That would not stop you trying for a waiver but the ops manual is pretty clear cut.

I am sorry that it is not better news.

The New Zealand Immigration Operations Manual has this to say.

Originally Posted by NZ Immigration
A - Applicants for residence class visas must have an acceptable standard of health unless they have been granted a medical waiver ----.
An application for a residence class visa 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
Originally Posted by NZ Immigration - Acceptable Stands of Health
C - The conditions listed in A4.10.1 are considered to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's health and/or special education services. Where an 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.
A4.10.1 Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's health and/or education services

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Severe (71-90 decibels) hearing loss or profound bilateral sensori-neural hearing loss after best possible correction at country of origin, where significant support is required, including cochlear implants
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