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Thread: Partnership Visa: MA process time

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Sri Lanka

    Default Partnership Visa: MA process time

    I received my student visa on 4th August and my husband applied for partnership visa on the 9th August. We applied through an immigration advisor and on the 24th we were informed by the IA that when he followed up the co has said my husband's emedical has been forwarded to a MA and that it may take up to 12 weeks.
    I'm planning to be in Auckland by end of this week since the semester's starting. On top of this I'm 6 1/2 months pregnant. i need him to be with me and I'm pretty stressed right now.. my husband's medical was graded A by the doctor apart from his bmi being 35. He had stated that he's in perfect health.
    Any thoughts ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    The processing of visas is a bureaucratic formality, with a succession of procedures that have to be gone through. INZ don't - can't - take any notice of how applicants are feeling. The officers simply have to follow the routine laid down for them.

    Medicals are sent for assessment by machine. We think that there are probably key words that trigger referral to the MAs. The cases referred wait in a date-order queue to be looked at, and that is what takes time - normally, if there is a medical like your husband's where the person is actually fit and well, it won't take more than a few moments for the MA to see that, and send word to the CO that he has an Acceptable Standard of Health. I think your LIA is being a bit pessimistic about the timing, because 12 weeks' wait was when things were at their worst, just after mechanical sorting was introduced, and things have improved somewhat since then, so 8 weeks is about the timing at the moment.

    I understand that this is not how you wanted things to be, but life is like that sometimes. There is nothing to be done about your husband's medical except to wait. Your course is going to start and you have to be there for that, whereas he can't travel until he gets his visa. Wishing you lots of courage to get on with things as they ARE. By the way, MAs can be very forceful about high BMIs, so it's possible that your husband's one will ask for it to be re-assessed. It would be a good idea for him to see a doctor or fitness trainer and start a regime to bring it down, so his intention and progress are documented.
    Here is a LONG thread about one case where a lady had to reduce before the MA would pass her as ASH.

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