31 July 2012

Immigration New Zealand has made changes to its medical and chest X-ray certificates, with three new certificates being released on 30 July 2012.

The three new certificates are:

• General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007)

• Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201)

• Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

They replace the current General Medical & Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1007), and X-Ray Certificate for Temporary Entry (INZ 1096).

General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007)

This certificate will continue to be used by most applicants applying for a visa for New Zealand. There have been some changes to questions in sections A, B and D. The format of sections B and D has also been amended.

There are also changes to testing requirements at Section E, where only standard (compulsory) tests are listed. The Laboratory Referral Form (section H) still enables you to request any other tests you deem necessary, in addition to the standard (compulsory) tests.

Important changes to note are:

  • The recommendation at Section F. You are now asked to make an assessment on whether the applicant has:
    • No significant or abnormal findings, OR
    • Abnormal findings (but not significant), OR
    • Significant findings.

Section F of the certificate, and the Medical Examiner Handbook, provide an explanation of what each assessment means.

  • The General Medical Certificate no longer contains a chest X-ray certificate (currently sections J and K). Applicants will need to complete the separate Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201)

This certificate has been developed for people who have been recognised as having refugee or protection status in New Zealand and the partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents. These applicants are now only required to have immigration health screening for conditions which disqualify them from consideration of a medical waiver.

Applicants will also need to complete the Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096)

The Chest X-ray Certificate amalgamates the current X-ray Certificate for Temporary Entry and the chest X-ray section of the current Medical & Chest X-ray Certificate. It is for use for both temporary visa and residence visa applicants.

Release of the new forms

The certificates are available on our website (www.immigration.govt.nz/forms).

The Medical Examiners Handbook has also been revised and is also available from our website (www.immigration.govt.nz/medicalhandbook).

Questions and Answers for Medical Professionals

Why is there a new Limited Medical Certificate?

The Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201) was developed in response to a government decision that people who have been recognised as having protection or refugee status in New Zealand, and partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents, will only be required to have immigration health screening for conditions which disqualify them from consideration of a medical waiver.

Are there different X-ray certificates for residence applicants and for temporary entry applicants?

No. All applicants who are required to submit a chest X-ray certificate with their application will use the Chest X-Ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

An individual is applying for residence in New Zealand. What health checks do they need?

Most applicants will need to submit a completed General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) with their residence application.

People who have been recognised as having refugee or protection status in New Zealand and the partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents, if required, will need to submit a completed Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201) and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

Further information on what medical certificates are required can be found in the Health Requirements Leaflet INZ 1121. If an applicant is unsure of what medical certificate they need to submit with their application, they should check this with their nearest Immigration New Zealand office.

An individual wants to come to New Zealand on a temporary entry visa. What health checks do they need?

An applicant will be required to undergo a chest X-ray and will need to complete the Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) if they are:

  • a citizen of a country that is not a ‘low incidence tuberculosis (TB) country’, OR
  • in the last five years they have spent a total of three months or more in a ‘low incidence TB country’, AND
  • they intend to be in New Zealand for more than six months.

If an applicant intends to stay in New Zealand for longer than 12 months, they will need to complete either the General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) or Limited Medical Certificate (INZ 1201), and the Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).

For how long is their medical clearance valid?

As per current requirements, Immigration New Zealand reserves the right to ask for a medical and/or chest X-ray certificate at any time. However, medical and chest X-ray certificates will normally have clearance for three years, provided the applicant’s health status remains unchanged.

Where do I go for more information?

Immigration New Zealand’s Handbook for Medical Examiners has been updated to support the certificates.