Police Certificates

It can be very difficult to secure Police Clearances from some countries. Expert assistance may be required to liaise with offshore agencies in remote regions or draft a statutory declaration for the immigration authorities. Contact our office today for professional advice and assistance. 

At the time of visa lodgement your police certificate must not be more than six months old from date of issue.

Police certificates that are older than six months from the date of issue at lodgement of any application will NOT be accepted.

If you are applying for a work to residence visa under the accredited employer, long term skills shortage list or arts, sport and culture instructions, you must provide police certificates.

If you are applying for any other type of visa and you intend to stay in New Zealand for 24 months or longer, you must provide a police certificate from your country of citizenship and any country you have lived in for five years or more since you turned 17.

The only exception to this is if you have provided police certificates with a previous visa application, and that certificate was issued less than 24 months ago when you lodge your current visa application, or if you are younger than 17.

If you are under 17 you do not usually need to provide police certificates