New Zealand: Health Requirements for a Skilled Migrant Visa

It is important to understand what the health requirements are for a skilled migrant visa. A failure to know that you comply with them may see suffer some severe consequences. You go through the entire points based test, expression of interest and invitation to apply process,incurring fees, time and emotional investment, only to be thwarted at the last minute. Below we give you basic requirements for meeting the health requirements. We also explain why you and your family’s health plays such a large role in your planned skilled migrant application.

  • What are the health requirements for a skilled migrant visa?
  • Will I have to do a medical?
  • What other tests are there?

Why are Immigration New Zealand imposing health requirements for a skilled migrant visa applications?

It is important for Immigration New Zealand to understand that your family and you are in good health for 3 main reasons:

  • To protect the general public’s health in New Zealand.
  • To ensure that immigrants entering New Zealand do not impose excessive costs and demands on its health and special education services.
  • To make sure that skilled migrant visa holders entering New Zealand are able to undertake the role in work for which they have been granted entry.

What health issues may exclude me from immigrating to New Zealand?

If you suffer from any of the below you will not meet the health requirements for a skilled migrant visa and be eligible to enter into pool:

  • If you require dialysis treatment
  • If you have tuberculosis (TB)
  • If you have severe haemophilia
  • If you have a physical, intellectual, cognitive and/or sensory incapacity that requires full-time care, including care in the community

Do I have to have a medical?

Yes you will. Part of the health requirements for a skilled migrant visa is each applicant must complete a General Medical Certificate and Chest X-ray Certificate. This also extends to each member of your family that is coming to New Zealand. The exclusions to this (where you are not required to submit the chest X-ray certificate unless a special report is required) are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children under the age of 11 years