There have been recent changes from
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to police certificate requirements for China.
From October 2019, visa
applicants only need to provide a Notarised Police Certificate with their visa
the Local Police Clearance letter and a Notarised Police Certificate were
previously required by Immigration New Zealand.
Applications submitted from the beginning of October will be affected by this change. This is welcome news said Caroline Ryan Licensed Immigration Adviser as It is mandatory now to submit only a Notarised Police Certificate.
As stated by
INZ ‘Police certificates are official documents issued
by the police or a government agency. Based on official records and checks,
they provide information about any criminal record you have.’
Police certificates are
evidence to INZ of an applicant’s good character and are required if that
applicant is over 17 years old and dependent on what visa they apply for and
how long the applicant is planning to stay for.
Often more than one police
certificate is required apart from the home country if the applicant has lived
elsewhere for a certain amount of time. You will need a certificate from any
country you have lived in for more than five years.
dictate whether an applicant will need to supply another police certificate
when reapplying for a visa.
As well, applicants
for residence visa under Partner of a New Zealander or
Dependent Child instructions can re-use police certificates
from a previous application, if that certificate is less than 24 months
However, this does not apply to the supporting
partners in Partnership applications – supporting partners will have to
submit a Police Certificate that is less than six months old.
Police certificates are
sometimes called criminal checks, police clearance certificates or penal
records. In some countries police certificates are
called Certificates of Penal Records, for example Argentina. In Italy they are known as a General Certificate of
Good Conduct. In Australia you need to request a Police Certificate and
fingerprint check. In Canada you need to request a Certified Criminal Record
Check based on fingerprints. A certificate of no criminal conviction is
requested in Hong Kong.
Translations of police
certificates must be supplied with a visa application. Immigration New Zealand
are currently considering making English translations mandatory for all
supporting information. INZ will provide more information when a decision is
Confusion most often arises about
how old a police certificate can be, and within what timeframe it can be
submitted for an application.
Often a further police
certificate will have to be provided if the processing of the visa extends
beyond the life of the police certificate. INZ may ask for further police
certificates if your initial police certificate becomes a year old from its
date of issue. For different
applications there are differing requirements. For example a residence visa
requires a police certificate from the applicant’s citizen country and any
other country where they spent 12 months or more over the last 10 years — even
if that 12 months was not all in one visit.
Whatever the visa
application, in all applications, Police Certificates are all about being able
to show an applicant is of good character.