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Rule Change for some Visa Applications

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 06, 2015

A change instituted by Immigration New Zealand will reduce the workload for Justices of the Peace when they’re dealing with people who are applying for some Temporary Visas. From today, as a general rule, applicants are no longer required to supply certified copies, or in some cases, originals of documents with their applications for work, student or visitor visas. 
Until today Justices of the Peace have been certifying copies of supporting documents as “a true copy of the original” for those people completing application documents.

Effective Monday 6th July 2015, Immigration New Zealand says uncertified coloured photocopies of documents will be acceptable for the above applications.

Justices of the Peace will be saved having to attest true copies.  
But Immigration New Zealand says originals or certified copies will still be required for residence applications and temporary applications under the entrepreneurial work visa category. And immigration officers retain the right to ask for original documents during the processing of a visa application. 
They will continue to accept applications containing originals or certified copies if they are provided and advise the relevant forms will be updated in due course to reflect these new rules.


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