INZ is now in a position to confirm that people applying in Phase 2 will be doing so using our enhanced Immigration Online system. As a result, Phase 2 applicants will be able to apply even if they have not been able to get a medical certificate prior to submitting their application. If a medical certificate is required, Phases 2 applicants will be asked by INZ to provide one later. This will help reduce the immediate pressure on getting a medical certificate.
For those individuals applying in Phase 2 who have been able to get a medical certificate before they submit their application, INZ will have this information and you will not need to supply another one.
People who are applying in Phase 1 of the 2021 Resident Visa do still need to provide a medical certificate at the time they submit their application, but again INZ would like to emphasise that these individuals have until 31 July 2022 to get their medical certificate and submit their application.
It is important that applicants double check on the INZ website whether they need to provide a medical certificate or not.
INZ would appreciate the Industry’s help in reminding applicants that if they provided a medical certificate within the last 36 months and were assessed as having an acceptable standard of health they do not need to provide a further medical certificate as we already have this information. If an applicant’s health has changed, or was previously assessed as not having an acceptable standard of health, they need to provide a new limited medical certificate.
Across the country there are 140 medical clinics providing Immigration Medical Examinations. In the Auckland region there are 39 clinics which people can visit and where appointments can be made. Clinics where appointment times are not given could lead to wait times which INZ understands it can be frustrating. Clinics should advise INZ if they are having capacity issues.