Character requirements to move to New Zealand

Do you have any prior convictions?

Applicants for a New Zealand visa should be of ‘good character’ and not pose a security risk to the country. Character checks are carried out on everyone 17 years or over included in residence applications or applying for a temporary visa for 2 years or more.

How are character checks done?

For certain applications, we will ask you to seek a police certificate from your country of citizenship and any country you have spent a certain amount of time (depending on the type of visa you apply for). These may take a few weeks to several months to obtain, some will cost a fee, and they may delay a visa application. Requirements are different for each country and we will provide instructions and recommendations for that to ensure your application process is stress-free done properly.

Applicants not considered of good character

Certain convictions, offenses or actions in any country or against immigration laws (breach of visa conditions, deportation, exclusion) may make you ineligible to apply for a New Zealand visa. You may also be ineligible for a visa or entry permission if the Minister has reason to believe you are likely to commit certain offenses in New Zealand a be a threat to security or public order.

However, your personal Adviser may be able to ask for a character waiver depending on your situation, and extreme circumstances may require a special request to the Minister, granted at their discretion.

If you are in a difficult situation due to character issues, we may be able to help. Contact us today.