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    Default Different medical criteria?

    My partner is a midwife (LTSSL) & we've been going through the permanent residency visa process but have stumbled at the final hurdle.

    Medical review peeps have asked for a letter from an oncologist (which we are waiting for) asking what my partners statistics of breast cancer are because she had chemo for non-hodgkins(fully recovered) nearly 20 years ago and we are preparing for the worst case scenario if we can't get a good report.

    Meanwhile, she has a job offer for 31st October in Whangarei which she is desperate to take up and so we have looked at General Work Visa for 2 or 3 years hopefully renewable. We just won't sell the house in UK and will maybe have to retire back here. My question is:

    Is the standard of medical required for the General Work Visa the same as the standard required for Permanent Residency Visa or would we be wasting our time?

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    There is a difference, but it mainly relates to the work visa being only for a limited amount of time, so they're checking to see that any possible expense to the NZ health system won't be excessive during the life of the visa, rather than long term, as for Residence. They can be compared at A4.10 and A4.15 of the INZ operational manual (see link below).

    But I think you may be getting pessimistic with no need. Your wife's medical was bound to be referred, and the MA has to check up on her situation with regard to the cancer. But where A4.10.1 of the INZ operational manual talks about conditions which are an automatic 'no' unless the person gets a waiver, it states this.

    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
    http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/

    As long as the specialist's report confirms what she has told the doctor at the medical, everything should be perfectly all right. These officials have to tick all the boxes - YOU know you're honest, but they don't know all the applicants, and have to check every detail of every person presenting themselves.

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    hello there I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2007 (all clear now) and still managed to get PR, so I'm sure your wife will make it through!

    Admittedly my application took ages, but a lot of that had to do with waffle imho. Get the specialist to reply to every minute question with its very own bullet point and include any relevant test results (if still available)!

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    Thank you J & M and sophiedb it's good to hear those encouraging words. We will be getting report back from oncologist on wednesday so hopefully it reads well and we can forward it on to MA.

    Our case worker at NZI has said once he hears back from the MA he's in a position to make a decision withoin a week so we are teetering on the edge of excitement.

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    That's great, but don't teeter too much *hug* from what I remember, INZ only send submissions to the MA office once a week. They don't send everything that's arrived that week either, there is a maximum in place... and no deadline regards how quickly the MA needs to return his/her verdict.

    I am very much hoping for your sakes that the timescales have improved since 2010, as we were on edge about this for weeks at a time during my application - I think the shortest turnaround we had from sending documents into INZ to hearing back from the MA was close to 2 months! My poor CO must have gotten very tired of plaintive emails from me, first asking whether my file had actually gone to the MA yet and then whether he'd heard back.. at least it all came right in the end

    Just remember: MAs are pedantic because they are legally obliged to be. They live in a world of black and white. Specifics are the answer. You know that you are fine, now it's just a case of stating that in such a way that the MA will agree.

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    Default We can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!

    Thank you JandM and Sophie for your advice. You were both right. We were worrying too much. Just had all clear from MA after a most excelent report from oncologist and our CO has said he will be letting us know in a couple of days re. Visas. Can afford to be excited now.

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