02 March 2005

New Zealand working holiday maker visa applicants to undergo TB testing

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Changes coming into effect on 4 April 2005 will mean some visa applicants for New Zealand working holiday maker visas will require a test for tuberculosis (TB).

Working holiday makers from countries not otherwise specified on the New Zealand list of countries deemed to be ‘low risk for TB’ will be required to undergo TB testing.

The provision exempting working holiday maker visa applicants from TB testing will be deleted from New Zealand immigration policy from 4 April 2005 onwards.

The change means any applicant for a New Zealand temporary visa or permit who intends to stay New Zealand for more than six months, but no more than 12 months, and is considered to have high risk factors for TB, must undergo a TB screening X-ray. The only exceptions to the policy are pregnant women or children under the age of eleven.

For those subject to TB the testing, a completed New Zealand Immigration Service Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form (NZIS form 1096) and any associated medical or laboratory reports required for the X-ray certificate must be presented at the time of the visa application.

For the purpose of New Zealand Government immigration policy, the following countries have been deemed to have a low incidence of tuberculosis. Working holiday maker applicants from these countries are exempt from TB testing: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands (New Zealand) Norway, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vatican City.

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