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    Hi Sri4charm.

    In the INZ Operations Manual it says....

    A4.65 Medical waivers (applicants for temporary entry)
    See A4.65 Effective 28/11/05
    See A4 (before 28/11/2005)

    Applicants for temporary entry will not be considered for the grant of a medical waiver unless:

    they are applying for work visas or permits as seconded business personnel (see A4.65.1 below); or
    they have submitted a claim for refugee status in New Zealand; or
    they are the partner* or dependent child* of a New Zealand citizen or resident; and
    the purpose of their stay in New Zealand is to be with that New Zealand citizen or resident; and
    if they applied for residence in New Zealand they would meet the criteria for residence under the Partnership policy (see F2.5 (a)) or Dependent child policy (see F5.1 (a)).

    Note: The grant of a medical waiver for the purpose of temporary entry to New Zealand does not confirm that the applicant has an acceptable standard of health for the purposes of residence in New Zealand or that a medical waiver would be granted if a residence application were made. This does not prevent a visa or immigration officer considering whether or not an applicant is likely to be granted a medical waiver for the purpose of residence in New Zealand.

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    Appendix 10: Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealandís health and/or education services

    HIV infection
    Hepatitis B surface antigen positive, with abnormal liver function
    Hepatitis C, RNA positive, with abnormal liver function
    Malignancies of solid organs and haematopoietic tissue, including past history of, or currently under treatment
    Exceptions are:
    a) treated minor skin malignancies (not melanoma)
    b) malignancies where the interval since treatment is such that the probability of cure is > 90%, e.g.: early stage (I & IIA) breast cancer at 5 years; low risk prostate cancer at 5 years; early stage (Dukes A & B1) colorectal cancer at 5 years; childhood leukaemia at 5 years

    Solid organ transplants, excluding corneal grafts more than 6 months old
    Chronic renal failure or progressive renal disorders
    Diseases or disorders such as osteoarthritis with a high probability of arthroplasty in the next four years
    Central Nervous System disease, including motor neurone disease, complex partial seizures, poorly controlled epilepsy, prion disease, Alzheimerís and other dementia, and including paraplegia and quadriplegia
    Cardiac disease including ischaemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy or valve disease requiring surgical and/or other procedural intervention
    Chronic obstructive respiratory disease with limited exercise tolerance and requiring oxygen
    Genetic or congenital disorders: muscular dystrophies, cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia major, sickle cell anaemia if more than one sickle crisis in 4 years, severe haemophilia, and severe primary immunodeficiencies
    Severe autoimmune disease, currently being treated with immuno-suppressants other than prednisone
    In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe (71-90 decibels) hearing loss or profound bilateral sensori-neural hearing loss
    In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe vision impairment with visual acuity of 6/36 or beyond after best possible correction, or a loss restricting the field of vision to 15-20 degrees
    In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe physical disability, where they are unable to stand and walk without support, and cannot independently dress, eat, hold a cup, or maintain their stability when sitting.


    I guess your wife is thinking of having the operation in NZ? I think there is a limit on expenditure for medical treatment of about NZ$24,000, which could be a problem. It might also depend on what treatment she would need afterwards. However, it looks like she could at least apply for a waiver.

    A4.15.1 Assessment of whether an applicant for temporary entry is unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's health services

    Assessment of whether an applicant for temporary entry is likely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand's health services will take into account whether there is a relatively high probability that the applicant will need publicly funded health services during their period of stay in New Zealand including, but not limited to:

    hospitalisation;
    residential care;
    high cost pharmaceuticals;
    high cost disability services.
    Note: Residential care is long term care provided in a live-in facility such as an aged-person's facility or a facility for people with a physical, sensory, intellectual or psychiatric disability.

    A4.15.5 Requirement to refer Medical and Chest X-Ray Certificates

    If a visa or immigration officer is not initially satisfied that an applicant for temporary entry has an acceptable standard of health, they must refer the matter to an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor for assessment (or Ministry of Education where appropriate).
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