Not too big for New Zealand: migrants seeking residency are eligible for health care exemption
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The future looks much brighter for Mondela Bezuidenhout, who could now qualify for residency in New Zealand.
Migrants with health issues will be eligible for residency, but a woman who was rejected six months ago wishes it had come sooner.
Last week, the government changed its immigration rules for the 165,000 migrants eligible for an expedited visa. People with health problems such as obesity could now receive care, as long as their condition did not require full-time care.
Palmerston North’s wife Mondela Bezuidenhout was told in May by Immigration NZ that despite losing weight, she had not lost enough to gain residency.
Because she was rejected, so was the rest of her family, which included a 10-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son, and a husband who was a skilled laborer.
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Mondelea Bezuidenhout, 35, from South Africa, has learned that if she doesn’t lose more weight, she will have to leave New Zealand.
After sharing her story with Thing, she launched a Give a little to enable a call, which was now in progress.
âIt’s hard to wait for an answer. It’s like we’re in limbo, not knowing what’s going to happen. We were so stressed that we stopped going out, stopped making plans for the future …
Months later, she contacted Green MP Ricardo MenÃ©ndez March and learned that she might be eligible for the waiver. Bezuidenhout now felt empowered to focus on her health beyond just reducing a number on a scale, and was back to her walks along the ManawatÅ« River.
“My weight will always weigh on me … I’ve been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember … but I know I have so much to offer New Zealand, and my weight isn’t changing. nothing, “she said.
“I just wish they had announced it months agoâ¦ it would have saved so much heartache.”
Once she obtained her residency, she planned to return to university and become a counselor or social worker, skilled jobs in high demand in New Zealand.
MenÃ©ndez March wants the health conditions to be lifted as a normal practice, and not as a temporary measure. He said existing health standards were discriminatory.
“We know that BMI is not a measure of an individual’s health, it was never intended,” MenÃ©ndez March said.
“Our health standards tell our current citizens with health problems and our disabled that they are not truly worthy of a life with dignity, and if they weren’t already there, they would not be welcome. . “
The Labor Party was revising the standards, but MenÃ©ndez March said so far only HIV had been eliminated as an unacceptable health problem.
The expedited residency process begins on December 1 for skilled migrant workers, occupying positions New Zealanders were unable to fill or having lived and worked in New Zealand for more than three years.