Medical Waiver - Son with Autism

Old Aug 5th 2011, 4:56 pm
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I enlisted an immigration specialist with a large Aukland firm to help with my immigration from the US about 7 months ago. During this timeframe, my son was given a diagnosis of autism.

Just today, I received a decision from the immigraion service stateing that my son is not of an acceptable standard of health (likely to require ORRS funding, and cost 16000 per year for education).

I will discuss my options with the immigrain specialist early next week. I will have to decide whether to apply for a wavier or just abandon my dream of moving to NZ with my wife and 3 kids.

I am on the long term shortage list, and have an excellent high level job in Christchurch waiting for me. I was actually offered the job before the first earth quake, at which time my son was normal. My employer has been waiting a long time, and would like me to start the job while applying for the wavier. Of course, I could not bring my family until we got the wavier.

I do not have a good idea of my chances of success while applying for the wavier. Can you help me to access this dificult situation?

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Old Aug 8th 2011, 10:50 am
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All the best wishes for your son. Countries generally try to avoid any immigrants that add onto health costs or anything detrimental to their financial plans.

Your dream to NZ will live on and you can make it. Try to take this one step at a time. You can think about getting your VISA first and then take it step by step for the others. You can include others in your application that are more likely to get the VISA and then depend on the family reunion for the last member.

This is still quite a technical element to your problem. I would suggest you get the advice from the immigration agent. Make sure you have a good one, some of them are useless. Look for some renowned ones. They are in the best position to assess the situation.

Good luck and all the best.



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I enlisted an immigration specialist with a large Aukland firm to help with my immigration from the US about 7 months ago. During this timeframe, my son was given a diagnosis of autism.

Just today, I received a decision from the immigraion service stateing that my son is not of an acceptable standard of health (likely to require ORRS funding, and cost 16000 per year for education).

I will discuss my options with the immigrain specialist early next week. I will have to decide whether to apply for a wavier or just abandon my dream of moving to NZ with my wife and 3 kids.

I am on the long term shortage list, and have an excellent high level job in Christchurch waiting for me. I was actually offered the job before the first earth quake, at which time my son was normal. My employer has been waiting a long time, and would like me to start the job while applying for the wavier. Of course, I could not bring my family until we got the wavier.

I do not have a good idea of my chances of success while applying for the wavier. Can you help me to access this dificult situation?
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Old Aug 8th 2011, 12:15 pm
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We used Mark Williams at Lane Neave for our medical waiver. He was awesome and you can have an initial chat with him free of charge. He will advise whether you have a case or not. The fact you have a job offer which is on the long term skills shortage list makes a huge difference. Cant speak highly enough of the service Lane Neave provided.
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Yup !. Lane Neave have an excellent reputation.

Is your son very young then. Pre-school. Just that you state he has only been diagnosed with Autism in the last 7 months.

If he has been managing in kindy and then school without extra funding , then maybe there is a case to build.

Further, another look at the reports you submitted might be in order. The Autistic Spectrum is very wide. Where on the scale is he assessed as being. Asperger or severely Autistic.
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