A US doctor applying for registration to practise in New Zealand said he went through a month of bureaucratic "nonsense" with the Medical Council, including being asked to take a test to show he could speak and understand English.

Ramandeep Kahlon said he provided one documentation after another in a series of email wrangles that started in November, and was finally told he did not need to take the English test on Friday.

"It was so discouraging for a long time," the psychiatry resident at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston said, relieved. "The red-tapism was needless."

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