Applicants for visas must be of good character. You may have to supply a police certificate (or similar) as evidence of good character, depending on which category you apply under.
You do not need to provide a police certificate:
Immigration New Zealand will, however, obtain a New Zealand police certificate directly if the applicant is applying for a student visa for the first time after turning 17 years of age.
Note: New Zealand police certificates are directly obtained from the New Zealand Police by Immigration New Zealand. Please consider that this could potentially affect the processing time of your application. We recommend that you lodge your application as early as possible to allow for possible delays.
Police certificates must be less than six months old when the application is lodged.
We may ask for further police certificates if the initial police certificate becomes a year old from its date of issue before we make a decision on your application; or within the 12-month period if there is good reason to do so.
Police authorities in some countries will only send the certificate direct to Immigration New Zealand. In such cases we recommend that you request your police certificate three months before you lodge your application for a residence class visa. We also recommend that you provide us with a copy of the receipt for the requested police certificate (if this is available) to help us to track your certificate.
Police authorities in some countries require a certified set of fingerprints as part of their requirements to provide a police certificate.
If you require a set of fingerprints in order to apply for a police certificate you will need to approach an authorised fingerprinting provider. You must take you current passport with you when obtaining a certified set of fingerprints.
With the exception of the Auckland region, the New Zealand Police provides a fingerprinting service. For the Auckland region, this service is provided by the New Zealand Postshop branches at Wellesley Street (Auckland City) and Manukau. Police will not provide a fingerprinting service in the Auckland area.
For further information please visit the NZ Post website.
If you cannot get a police certificate, provide detailed information of your attempts to get one. If we are satisfied that police certificates are not available or it would be unduly difficult for you to get them (for example where the authorities of any such country will not generally provide such certificates), we may instead ask you to make and provide a separate statutory declaration in both English and your own language.
If a statutory declaration is required, it must detail your attempts to obtain a police certificate and state whether or not you, or any accompanying family members, have been found guilty or convicted of, or charged with offences against the law in that country. The statutory declaration should also be corroborated by other information attesting to your character.
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