Will being HIV positive impact me getting a student visa for NZ?
I’d like to ask some questions related to study visa. I found that there was an announcement of removal of HIV infection from the list of high-cost medical condition. Therefore, This means that HIV is no longer automatically considered not to meet the Immigration New Zealand acceptable standard of health. The individual health circumstances of each visa applicant living with HIV will now be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This removes a significant formal obstacle in the immigration process for many applicants.
I want to apply to study Master degree of TESOL in New Zealand at Victoria University Wellington. But I’m concerned if there are any real situations related to my case. Because I’m positive with HIV, but I have been treated for 4 years, and my polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is undetectable?
So can you give me some information to help me answer this situation. Does it affect my visa.
Hi, how are you doing?
You are correct in your information. HIV is no longer considered a barrier for entry to NZ. As you have understood, each visa is now assessed individually based on cost to healthcare in the country. Being on ARVs with an undetectable viral load is not considered a high enough cost to prevent entry.
As i-base is a treatment charity for HIV, rather than travel/visa, I am unaware of cases similar to yours. Not because it is not common, rather because we do not have the information.