More changes for Immigration New Zealands’ visa program. Due to a number of cases of fraud and third parties taking medicals on behalf of visa applicants, INZ is strengthening the system for medical evaluation of visa candidates. The eMedical process forImmigration New Zealand (INZ) moves onshore from 31 March 2015, and will see the establishment of an onshore panel physician network. The composition of the panel physician network will begin with 71 medical clinics, 52 radiology clinics and nine combined services clinics nationwide, to ensure broad geographic coverage. INZ will be introducing 1,400 eMedical users as part of the introduction of the onshore panel physician network. To download the full slide show from INZ explaining the INZ health project click here.
For a full list of eMedical enabled clinics in your area where your client can complete an immigration medical examination, visit: www.immigration.govt.nz/healthinfo and find the approved list under ‘Approved panel physicians’ on this page. The list for the onshore panel physician network is scheduled to be available on Monday 30 March. From an initial assessment there should be no increase to the cost of medical examinations due to the formation of the onshore panel network.
Over the next three months from 31 March, there will be transition period, which will mean areas where gaps still exist will be covered by allowing paper-based medical certificates to continue. That transition period that runs until 30 June 2015 also gives clinics that weren’t successful in the procurement process time to adjust their business models.If you don’t understand the medical requirements of your visa or have had a visa rejected for medical reasons contact the immigration team at Queen City Law. Read more about medical waivers here.
Since the first roll out of eMedical in November 2014, eMedical is now live for INZ in 128 countries and is supported by over 4,800 clinical users. NoINZ’s website has also been updated with relevant information to guide both applicants and panel physicians. If your client needs more information, please refer them to the INZ website for eMedical information here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/qanda/emedical.htm
What support will be available for onshore panel physicians once the network begins operation?
There is a dedicated line at Immigration New Zealand’s contact centre, on hand to answer any queries and offer support.
INZ contact centre details for Panel physicians All contact details are available here or contact the Queen City Law Immigration team for more information. It is very important therefore that accurate informed advice is received in the event that an individual understands or knows that there will be a health issue with their application before the submission of an application. Let the team at Queen City Law help you navigate your immigration to New Zealand, read more about our immigration experts here.