INZ uses the Acceptable Standard of Health (ASH) criteria when assessing residence and temporary visa applications. However, if you do not meet the ASH criteria, you may still get approved with a Medical Waiver.
The cost of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) treatment is NO longer considered significant by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the Ministry of Health.
INZ has therefore removed HIV infection from the list of high-cost health conditions used to assess resident visa applications.
INZ will still consider the medical circumstances of applicants with HIV but will NOT automatically determine that an applicant with HIV does not have an acceptable standard of health, which could lead to the decline of a visa application.
PHARMAC, National HIV and AIDS Forum, UNAIDS and New Zealand AIDS Foundation supported the proposal to update the list.
Note: Immigration Trust managed several medical waiver cases with HIV, which were successful. Currently, we manage a few clients with HIV as well.