Immigration New Zealand has recently announced a reimbursement program for 2021 Resident Visa applicants who were asked to obtain new health screenings that were not required. This initiative comes as a relief for many applicants who faced confusion and additional expenses due to a technical glitch. In this blog post, we will guide you through the details of this reimbursement program.
In 2021, a technical issue with the Enhanced Immigration Online system led to some Resident Visa applicants being asked to provide new medical certificates, even though they had already submitted valid ones. This issue affected over a thousand applicants and caused unnecessary expenses and confusion. Immigration New Zealand acknowledged the issue and implemented a technical solution in July 2022.
You are eligible for reimbursement if:
Immigration New Zealand has provided a specific Reimbursement Request Form for Medical Certificates that applicants must fill out.
It is crucial to note that the reimbursement request must be submitted by 23:59, 30 September 2023 New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT).
Immigration New Zealand's decision to reimburse 2021 Resident Visa applicants for unnecessary health screenings is a welcome move. If you are one of the affected applicants, make sure to submit your reimbursement request before the deadline with all the required documents. This reimbursement program reflects Immigration New Zealand's commitment to fairness and the well-being of visa applicants.