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    Hi Everyone,

    I first came to this forum in 2008, we nearly got to NZ but illness got in the way, but we're back and this time we have our ETA accepted (155 points via SMC, and later a job offer on top), and we have our medicals this Friday 25 November. I am the main visa applicant (I am a medical writer) but my wife is also a qualified primary school teacher. We're a little nervous about the medicals as Mrs. E was diagnosed with ME, and discharged 3 years ago- but she has always worked part time, even when not so good.

    We're looking for a fresh start in NZ, with out little spaniel, and hoping all works out. We're not naive and know NZ has it's downsides, but we're going for an adventure. We will be based in Auckand for 6 months , and then I will be home-based thereafter and are thinking of checking out Nelson for somewhere to settle. I want the South Island (I love mountains and outdoors), but Mrs. E wants a little bit more warmth - so Nelson may be a compromise (althought we know it still gets cold).

    Anyhow, hellooo!

    Any tips or thoughts, or anything... appreciate.

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    MarkE

    Nelson probably has the best weather in NZ. It has geography working on its side. No traffic jams and nice people but also no jobs. If you bring your own with you, you will be fine. Housing is less expensive than Auckland but not cheap. Any services you need are here and every kind of leisure activity is close by. Airfare is higher so if you are going to commute be aware of that issue.
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    Hi Mark,

    Good to see you back with us.

    Here's a list of......

    A4.10.1 Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's 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:

    treated minor skin malignancies (not melanoma)
    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, Alzheimer's 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.

    A4.10.2 Assessment of whether an applicant for a residence class visa is unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's health services

    The requirement that an applicant for a residence class visa must be unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's health services is not met if, in the opinion of an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor, there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's medical condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of $25,000. Note: Assessment will be in terms of current costs with no inflation adjustment.

    In the case of acute medical conditions, the medical assessor will provide an opinion on whether there is a relatively high probability that the condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of NZ$25,000 within a period of four years from the date the assessment against health requirements is made.
    In the case of chronic recurring medical conditions, the medical assessor will provide an opinion on whether, over the predicted course of the condition or group of conditions, there is a relatively high probability that the condition or group of conditions will require health services costing in excess of NZ$25,000.

    A4.10.5 Assessment of whether an applicant for a residence class visa is unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's special education services

    The requirement that an applicant for a residence class visa must be unlikely to impose significant costs on New Zealand's special education services is not met if the Ministry of Education (MoE) has determined that there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's physical, intellectual, or sensory condition or their use of language and social communication would entitle them to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding.

    A4.10.10 Assessment of whether an applicant for a residence class visa is unlikely to impose significant demands on New Zealand's health services

    The requirement that an applicant must be unlikely to impose significant demands on New Zealand's health services is not met if, in the opinion of an Immigration New Zealand medical assessor, there is a relatively high probability that the applicant's medical condition or group of conditions will require health services for which the current demand in New Zealand is not being met.


    It would ultimately be down to the Medical Examiner to say whether your wife's condition poses a problem for residency or not and would depend on the long term prognosis. If there is a chance that the condition would deteriorate and costly healthcare be required, then there could be a problem. If it is something that can be well-controlled it may be OK. Not being medically trained in any way, I woudn't be able to comment on the way forward and that would be better coming from her own doctor. As she is a teacher, her skills will no doubt be valued by INZ, which should hopefully help her case.
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    Cliff and MotherBear, thanks so much for your responses- the medicals seemed to go well. I think we probably worried about a few things more than necessary, as the medical assessor almost dismissed a lot of things we mentioned as if, if it wasn't current - he wasn't interested. We repeated a few things, just to check, but got the same dismissive response.We are just awaiting the results of the final blood tests, if all is ok we will submit our final applications and then see what happens! Feeling positive, but until we have the passports in our hands we won't believe we're going- will keep you posted! Again, thanks.

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    Good news, Mark . Fingers crossed that INZ are happy with the results when you send them in. Keep us posted.
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    ITA submitted today! Whoop! And relax...

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    Good work ! Hope you don't have to wait too long for a positive response.
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    Thanks MotherBear-loving your encouragement, it's almost contagious!

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    We got our visas approved - nay issues. We have tenants for a house and temporary house for a month on the North Shore! Everything seems to be slipping in to place. I did wake up the day after we got our visas in a cold sweat, I think reality struck! But, but we're on it now, and VERY excited! Just waiting for visas to come through the door... whoop whoop whoop!

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    Nursing Registration sent 5th August 2007
    Job Offer 25th September 2007
    Nursing Registration received 28th December 2007
    Submitted EOI 3rd January 2008 with 150 points
    Selected 17th January 2008
    ITA Received 31st January 2008
    ITA submitted 25th April 2008
    Approved in Principle 3rd May 2008
    Blue Stickers arrived 13th May 2008
    Flights booked for 19th Sept to Christchurch

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