Interim visa

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.

Eligibility:

Interim visa holders are eligible if, immediately prior to their interim visa, they were eligible for publicly funded health and disability services (ie. under other criteria). 

Criteria: B4, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

Proof of eligibility:

You will need to show your health service provider:

  • your interim visa letter AND
  • an immigration history from Immigration NZ detailing the visas/permits you have been issued and the time you have spent in NZ on those visas/permits AND
  • supporting identity documentation to prove that you are the person on those letters. 

Examples of identity documents include:

  • a driver licence
  • a school/tertiary ID card
  • an employment contract, a rental agreement, or
  • letters addressed to you at your current address.

Requirements for these identity documents can be waived for young children. 

Note: Dependent children (aged 17 years or younger) of eligible interim visa holders are eligible for publicly funded health and disability services, provided they can show that it is their parent, legal guardian, adopting parent, or person applying to become their legal guardian who is the eligible interim visa holder.

Partners of eligible interim visa holders must themselves meet the eligibility criteria to be eligible for publicly funded health and disability services.

Pregnant partners of eligible interim visa holders may be eligible for maternity-related services (only), if not already eligible in their own right. They must be able to provide proof of their partnership with the eligible person. For more information, go to maternity services.

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