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Old Jan 27th 2009, 1:40 pm
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We're just starting down the emmigration road and I have been wondering about medicals. Does anyone know what is involved? Are there any reasons you could get turned down on medical grounds? I'm just a bit worried about it all.
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We have just had our medicals done. Basically its an extensive questionairre about your medical history which you have to answer truthfully.
The Dr will then examine you, urine test, weigh you and measure your waist to make sure you meet the criteria for BMI.
If you do suffer from any health problems then NZ immigration normally ask for more information from your GP, sometimes you need to see a specialist consultant for a report about your condition.
My other half suffered from an irregular heart beat once and we are having to pay to get a report from a cardiologist to say it was a one-off event and that his heart is normal.
Me - I passed with flying colours.

There are loads of others on here who have had problems and I'm sure they will chip in advice - don't worry about it too much though

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Don't forget medicals are only valid for 3 months so don't get any done until you have received your ITA (invitation to apply) as you don't want to run out. Also shop around for medicals, have a look at the NZIS website and see who they have on the panel of doctors (you can only use these doctors for medicals) and get quotes from them all, or the ones near you, we travelled 1 1/2 hours away but saved ourselves £250.

Children don't need xrays or bloods. It's is pretty painless and straight forward, the only thing alot of people worry about is the waist measurment and BMI both these have an upper limit.

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Thanks for that - I'm now worrying about the waist measurement / BMI thing now though! I guess I'll have to get down the gym!
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best get BMI down now as it has caused problems for some people.

Not that you'll get declined right out but it makes it more complicated.
if your BMI is over 35 and I can't remember the waist measurement (88cm I think) - smaller for Asian people, then they will ask for fasting blood tests. If you are in any doubt about your BMI or waist then go to the appointment ready starved so they can do the extra blood tests otherwise you'll have to go back another time (sometimes they cost extra). They test for cholestrol and diabetes I think (maybe some others things too). then if that all comes back fine, you should be all ok. some people with BMI over 40 have had difficulties I think and their application has been deferred to allow them to lose weight and get BMI down to 35. The thinking behind it is that if your BMI is too high you might end up costing the health system more money in the long term because of obesity related illnesses.

but it's fine, it won't mean you get declined if your BMI is high, just makes it a longer and more complicated process.

Try to eat healthy and lose a bit of weight now just incase, we did that an managed to get BMI down a bit.

I would suggest too cos this is what we did, get your Blood pressure or cholestrol or anything else you are worried about checked now by your GP if you think there might be problems. I have had BP trouble in the past so checked with GP beforehand, thankfully was fine so I knew going into the medical that I would be ok, but it just means that if a problem is found it gives you a chance to go on medication or get it under control so that you can prove to the assessors that you have it under control.

otherwise, it's really not that bad. I was FREAKING out before we had ours. I hate doctors and was terribly worried they'd find some funky illness that I'd been harbouring all these years, but it was kindof a relief to get the all clear and I feel better for it.
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Hi getmethere
thanks for that reply - really informative. I know blood pressure, cholesterol etc are all fine and I don't have diabetes or any other diseases that I'm aware of. Just have to shift a bit of lard!!
We were thinking that the whole process would take 18 months to 2 years, but from what I've read (mainly from this forum) it seems to take much less. What is your experience? My husband is a carpenter on the immediate skills list and I calculated that if he had a job offer we would have 220 points using the calculator on NZIS. Do you think it's worth using an agent, or do it yourself? I'd really appreciate some feedback!
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hi there

don't use an agent if you have a simple case. they do cost money and from our experience the whole immigration process is quite simple and easy to follow. there is a lot of information on the NZ immigration website and this forum helps lots. you can do it yourself. we did! there were some complicated bits, but this forum was so helpful.

if you have a job offer they prioritise your case and you can be over much quicker. 3-4 months I would say (depending on if you have already had skills assessment etc and if you don't need medical assessors etc). NZQA skills assessment takes the longest time in our experience. some people have waited months and months for their skills assessment to come back. so if you need a skills assessement do that right now and get it off. Police certificates only take a couple of weeks. medicals are quite and easy, we had our results back in 2 weeks (but remember they are only valid for 3 months so don't get them too soon). If there is a problem with your medical once you have submitted your ITA they might send off to a medical assessor which could also take time and delay your case by a couple of months. but the process isn't as long as say Austraila. they do get round to you relatively quickly. but it doesn't make the waiting any better - we have submitted our ITA december 16th and one month of waiting is already driving us nuts!

we dont' have a job offer. but still it hasn't been long. it took about 2 months for them to assess our EOI once it had been selected. we delayed getting our ITA back to them because we are in no rush to get to NZ as my OH wants to stay in his job for another year if he can help it. We have now submitted our ITA and from what I understand we should hear within 4 months that we have a case officer and then get a decision within 3 months. So even without a job offer you are looking at 7 months from the submission of ITA (obviously assuming all is fine and there are no other delays or extra info needed).

best of luck - give us a shout if you need any other information. it's been a rollercoaster ride just to get to this point and we are still waiting for a decision which HOPEFULLY will be a good one! Then we'll be off in 2010.

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Sounds like you're home and dry! Thanks for taking the time to reply, it's so helpful to talk to people who have gone through something you are about to embark on!! Best of luck!
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