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    Default Type 1 Diabetes

    My family are looking into the possibility of living/working in NZ, my partner is the one with the skills (City & Guiilds) and is in good health.

    However, I have type 1 diabetes, have been on insulin injections for nearly 40years, but apart from that I am in good health.

    Is this going to be a problem?

    How should we fill out the EOI form? for example, I am in good health, but have a long term condition that I, and many other diabetics don't consider to be an illness.

    Any help needed please, as this is all early stages yet and we need to know whether it's likely to be a "no no" before we even start.

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    Hi,
    I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 37 years now and although I have not been fully accepted yet ,it is looking good. We filled in all my Diabetic details on the EOI and they invited us to apply. Because of the Diabetes they require more blood tests than a normal applicant and because the Diabetic is not the main applicant your chances are good. They are more concerned of any complications caused by Diabetes such as kidney failure etc. My Diabetes is very well controlled and they were sent a letter from my Diabetic consultant showing the last 5 years of clinic results all of which were good.Even if they turn you down when they have had the medicals sent to them you can apply for a medical waiver. As far as I am aware my medical was ok as they have queried other things on our application but not my medicals. I hope to be hearing very shortly and will let you know by PM what they say. If I was you I would put in the application but you must mention the Diabetes because they will find out about it when you submit your medicals.
    I wish you success. And by the way, welcome to the forum

    Kindest regards

    Dave and Caroline

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    You'll be fine. There are plenty of Diabetics type 1 and 2 on this forum who are here on various types of visa's. Wife is type 2 and has been accepted for WTR. As much as her meds had to go before a med board it was only the system that they had to follow. You'll be good so don't stress yourself over it as stress can ultimately throw your levels skew wif(sp).

    Kim

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    Thank you to both of your replies, it's a little bit more assuring. Of course I will mention about my diabetes, you have to don't you, it's not something you can disguise.

    My other problem is that we currently live in France and have only recently been seeing a diabetic specialist, consequently my BS have been a bit up and down, so I'm not sure about how I would go with the report from the dr.

    Good luck to Caroline & Dave, hope things move forward quickly for you. I only wish we were at the stage you are now at.

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    Reading the outcome of this thread with interest. I am applying for residence and submitted my ITA a couple of weeks ago. Standard response from them saying issues with the medicals which is due to my wife being a type 1 diabetic which is well controlled and blood tests and rest of medical is fine.

    Any ideas how long the medical process takes as I have a job offer with the police and timescales are very tight. Case worker unable to give any answers.

    Cheers

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    Just as a rough idea, I submitted my application on 20th November 06 and found out that they had only submitted my medicals to med board in Jan, got results in Feb, very slow process..........

    Elaine (Kim 39 oh)

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    Elaine,

    I am obviously quite lucky then. I have only just submitted my ITA and they have already submitted medicals to med board. They have said it will take 3-4 weeks for response. Our application is for residency (skilled migrant), just hope it is not a problem for the residency or will have to look at the WTR, is the procedure much different? Did you have to provide any further information and where you already looking at the WTR visa? Sorry for all the questions but you are the first person I have managed to find who has gone through the system.

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    HI
    We are going down the WTR route, didn't have to provide any other details, I do know that my blood sugars were up, but my liver and kidney functions were normal, we had our medicals done by our gp and he put on my form that there where no complications.
    Remember though that you have to pay for ALL your diabetic medication over here, so try and bring a stash with you.

    Elaine (Kim 39 oh)

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    Do you have any idea how much the medication costs? I am hoping to take out medical insurance that covers pre standing conditions. Thanks for all the help. Don't why it is such an issue, especially as if you pay for your own medication. It is certainly well below the 25k threshold that they mention in the manual.

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    Not sure how much insulin is, but I pay $15 for approx 6 months worth of tablets, as they are subsidised, as the insulin will be, so would imagine that it will be the same price, but I will try and find out for you, is it humane or synthetic insulin?

    Elaine

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