Good character for temporary visas

To apply for a work, student or visitor visa, you must be of good character.

Applicants for all visas must be of good character, not pose a security risk and not threaten New Zealand’s international reputation.

People with serious character issues can’t be granted any visa or entry permission, except in very special circumstances.

People with other character issues must have the good character requirement waived before they can be granted a temporary visa.

Serious character issues

You can't be granted a visa if you:

You will also not be granted a visa if we have reason to believe you:

If you have a serious character issue, you are normally ineligible to be granted a visa unless we grant you a special direction.

Character issues that require a character waiver

You will also not meet our character requirements for a temporary visa if you:

If your character may prevent us from granting you a visa, you should provide a full explanation about your character issue with supporting evidence when you apply.

We will use this information to consider waiving the character requirement or granting a special direction for very serious character issues.

For detailed information about Immigration New Zealand character requirements see section A5 of our Operational Manual

Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual A5