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lcc



Joined: 15 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: NZ work to residence visa - diagnosed with possible TB Reply with quote

Dear All,

I would like to share my experience with my NZ visa application.

My 6 month work visa and job contract is expiring so I applied for another job. Luckily I was able to find for a good job but it took time. Before I knew it I am only left with 2 weeks to collect all requirements including medical before my visa expires. I initially have my medical done in New Zealand, however, they found abnormality on my chest xray - might have been caused by previous TB. So I have undergone CT scan but gave no definitive result - abnormality not typical for TB. Because I was running out of time and worried about over staying. I opted just to go back to my home country (Philippines) and apply for a work visa from there.

Because of the fear of being declined, I have done another medical at an accredited clinic here in the Philippines hoping to get a clear medical. But my chest xray shows scarring - possible TB. They asked me to have sputum smear and culture - but negative for TB bacteria. But they asked me to start off TB treatment. Of course I declined.

Because of different diagnosis I chose to submit both medical certificate.

I lodged my application for a WORK TO RESIDENCE visa (talent-accredited employer) in January 2008.

Because of abnormal chest xrays, my medical has been referred to a medical assessor in New Zealand. I waited for 4 weeks then the medical assessor requested for the result of sputum culture and a repeat XRAY.

Sputum was done here in the Philippines Sputum smear and culture resulted negative for tuberculosis bacteria. However, the repeat xray shows partial clearing of the scarring. The pulmonologist here in the Philippines concluded I have an active TB because of the improvement of my chest xray and required to start off TB treatment. I declined for the second time.

Because I doubt the clinic's recommendation, I tried to secure an xray certificate from a DIFFERENT NZIS accredited clinic, but at this time, I was able to get an xray certificate stating "normal chest xray", "no evidence of previous TB". Meaning, the abnormality/scarring is gone!

This is now giving me confusion. So I forwarded on 29feb2008 the negative result of sputum, the xray film with partial clearing and the xray certificate and xray film secured from a different clinic.

My visa officer said it would take another 4 weeks before they could hear from the medical assessor. However, it's been 7 weeks, I haven't heard anything from them yet.

I am having sleepless nights. I am afraid of the outcome because I might lose my job if the medical assessor would say it is active TB. Also, I can't manage to wait that long because my job contract starts at 21Jauary 2008. It's been a long delay. My employer is very eager to have me back in New Zealand

I would like to hear from another applicant who might share the same experience and I would like to know the usual reaction of the immigration for active tuberculosis cases.

What is the possibility of my visa application getting declined?
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ric_terran



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I too was scared when our visas we're about to expire in a month time. Although I was already employed full time but on a contract basis. I then applied for a work permit as an extension on my current WTR visa. They said that if I had already made a full medical examination for less than 2 years, you don't need to take a medical exam. My question is did you get a full medical certification before going to N.Z? and if you did, when?

I'm not in a position to tell you the possibilities because we all know that N.Z is quite strict on T.B cases. For the mean time, pray. Prayers do wonders and just to let you know how powerful it is. My line of work is in banking, but got a job as a Customer Service Officer of a non government organization.Which is totally different, and the possibilities of me being granted a P.R. I too had sleepless nights, baka hindi to pang P.R. But with faith and prayers after submitting my residency in less than 2 weeks I got approved.

Don't give up and have faith. Don't ask possibilities because if you have faith anything is possible.

Pinkee
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mhyy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

same situation tayo... I had my medical exam at St. Lukes june 11 and got the final clear medical result on June 30, 2008. Lodged my application for Partnership work Visa on the same day but the Doctor who made physical Examination suggested that i should have a PPD test since I am a healthworker. My PPD turned out positive and was declined for a visa. Now, they are requiring me to start on prophylaxis medicines for TB for 4 months. Now, according to my Visa officer, i can apply again for work visa after i have finished the course of my medicine for 4 months. My question is... once a PPD turns positive, according to our Doktor who is also a Pulmonoligist, for life na siyang positive.. So i do like to ask someone who already experienced like this.. to what should i suppose to do and what should be done. Kasi i plan to apply again af ter my fourth month pf taking medicines.
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cindy_nz



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im planning to go to nz too. i had a ptb years ago which is already cured after the treatment but the scar still exist. the explanation of my pulmonologist is that the scar will exist for life cuz of my past cured tb but of no clinical significance. he gave me a certifcation that says my lungs are clear and im safe to travel and work. i used it everytime i undergo medical for employment here in the Phils. and i had no problem with it since the 3 companies i had before all accepted and hired me. but my question is, will it be the same with NZ immigration? i know they are strict on active tb cases but mine is inactive but i still dunno what are my chances in getting a visa approved. im still in the Phils and haven't done medical in NZIS panel doctor yet.

everyone who has the same experience, please share it with us. thank you very much!

hi mhyy, what is PPD? thanks!
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lanejani



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: just to bump this... Reply with quote

I'm also worried that mom will be denied a parent visa or the med assessor will require here to have the sputum cultured since the doctor told her that part of the note written in the result says "pending sputum culture" but she plans to submit the application for parent visa anyway. Any advise if this will be returned/denied by the medical assessor in NZ Immigration in Makati?

Thanks a lot.
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jc_sbc_12



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there,

i'm 21 years old and im here to share my experience and ask you guys some questions.

my partner is an NZ permanent resident and I plan to be with her soon. I am on the process of completing all the requirements for the WORK VISA under PARTNERSHIP category.

In line with this, I finished my medical results last oct. 6 (mon), but since I have 104 cm waistline, the panel doctor told me that i'll have additional test which are fasting glucose and lipids. So I took the test the next day, oct. 7 (tue). By that time, I also found out that the urinalysis results showed that i have +2 ketones, so I repeat the urinalysis after the fasting glucose and lipids. On the same day I called the clinic, 4:00pm in the afternoon for the results and they told me that my fasting lipids and fasting glucose were okay however my urinalysis showed otherwise, it revealed that I have +2 ketones and protein in my urine. So, I repeat the urine test again the next morning oct. 8 (wed). Good news! I called the clinic 4:00pm and my urine test were okay! So i'll pick up the final results or documents this friday so that I can submit all the documents VIA CENTER on saturday oct.11.

my questions are:

1. having this kind of medical were I have to undergo fasting lipids and fasting glucose because of my waistline or in other words, a little bit obese, do i still have the chance to be granted with WORK VISA UNDER PARTNERSHIP CATEGORY?

2. same question as number 1, since I repeated my urine test thrice due to ketones and protein, will i still be given the VISA?

3. Since after all the tests, the medical results went to normal and the panel doctor did not ask me to undergo other test, does this mean that my medical exam went okay?

FYI:

Based on my own point of view:

KETONES in URINE- are result of my fasting, since I'll be having fasting glucose and lipids, I need to fast for like 8 hours, so I dont eat nor drink, which resulted for my body to use FATTY ACIDS as source of energy instead of GLUCOSE.

PROTEIN - are result of rigid or heavy physical activities you did prior to the urinalysis.

FASTING GLUCOSE - basically pertains to SUGAR level in the body.

FASTING LIPIDS - basically deals with CHOLESTEROL level in the body.

ADVICE:

1. Drink lots of water, just water no any other kind of drink when you are going to have urinalysis.

2. avoid any strenous or rigid physical activity on the week itself.

3. avoid fatty foods.

4. exercise! lose weight for men it must be below 102 cm. mas ok mag diet at paghandaan para hindi masyado magastos sa tests.

5. HAVE FAITH!! - pray and always think positive!! PROMISE it works!!
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JimmyLo



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although it has been a long time ago,

may I ask lcc whether you received your visa in the

end?? Since I am in a similar situation at the moment

no understand why does it need to take so long for

the MA to have a respond, bloody useless people..
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lcc



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JimmyLo wrote:
Although it has been a long time ago,

may I ask lcc whether you received your visa in the

end?? Since I am in a similar situation at the moment

no understand why does it need to take so long for

the MA to have a respond, bloody useless people..


Hi Jimmy.

I started 6 mos. TB medication feb 2008 per advice of my pulmonologist (though it was just a suspect tb)> After the medication (Aug 2008) I came back to St. Lukes to have another round cxray and found significant improvement on my chest but they required me to undergo CTSCAN just to be sure. The ct scan revealed "lungs are clear" in short i got a normal chest already.. St. Lukes then wrote my immigration officer saying that I was diagnosed with PTB, undergone medication - completed, with complete clearing of chest xray - no any signs of scarring whatever... Of course I was so happy that time that I had been cleared alradyy... Unfortunately, my job offer was no longer valid since I spent 7 mos. to get a medical certificate. syang yung trabaho.. pero ok lang kasi clear na naman yung chest xray ko... So I tried applying for a job locally. and since then I get normal chest xray everytime I undergo annual physical exam (3 times na)... Now I got a job offer for qatar and will have my medical 2 days from now. I am praying that my medical would turn out to be successful at this time..
So sa mga na diagnose ng suspect TB, start your medication asap.. para wag na lumala.. this way may pag-asa pa na mawala yung anumang lamat (scar) sa mga baga nyo pagkatapos ng treatment. And don't forget to pray...(pray hard)
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lcc



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I posted recently, i was bound for medical for qatar. I am quite scared to try my luck again for the medicals after what happened to me previously during my application for NZ. Anyway, this time i took my chances.. I went for a medical casually pretending that nothing had happened. And beside, I was confident that my previous PTB did not leave scarring on my lungs.

I got shocked when I was recalled for a repeat xray. Parang gumuho ang mundo ko... as in. so I told myself here I go again... Despite of that, I took my chances again believing that I was recalled for re-xray because of something else - kasi alam ko na wala talagang scar yung lungs ko based dun sa ctscan after my ptb treatment. So I took that xray and waited for the result after 2 days (tagal no?) It was quite a relief when i got the result... it was pneunomitis (lung inflammation due to allergens, dust, etc.). Though not contagious I am required to undergo a week treatment.. Ok na rin. at least hindi scarring/spot o PTB. You know naman na mahigpit ang GAMCA member countries when it comes to spots and scars from PTB.
May pag-asa pa talaga kahit na na-DIAGNOSE tayo ng PTB. just adhere to your treatment and pray na di magdulot ng scar...
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lcc



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had a re-xray yesterday... and the result is FIT TO WORK.. I have never been this happy in my whole life... Parang abot-tanaw ko na yung mga pangarap ko... Kapag talaga ang Diyos ang nilapitan, walang impossible. Purihin ang Ama!
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lcc



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am now here in Qatar, just fnished my medical here... everything is clear and normal...
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pm



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations lcc...God is really good...good luck dyan sa bago mong work....
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