You must be of good character to come to New Zealand. You may not meet our character requirements you have certain types of convictions, have been deported from any country, have previously provided false information to Immigration New Zealand, or for some other reason are be considered a risk to New Zealand’s security or public order.
We cannot grant visa applications or select expressions of interest made by people with character issues described in sections 15 or 16 of the Immigration Act.
We normally cannot grant visa applications made by people with character issues described in our immigration instructions, however in some situations we can consider a character waiver.
People who cannot be approved a visa (sections 15 and 16):
Your expression of interest cannot be selected or your visa application approved if you:
- have been convicted of an offence for which you were sentenced to five years imprisonment or more
- in the last ten years, have been convicted of an offence for which you were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or more
- are subject to a period of prohibition on entry to New Zealand
- have been removed, deported or excluded from New Zealand or from any other country
- are a person who the Minister has reason to believe:
- is likely to commit an offence in New Zealand that is punishable by imprisonment; or
- is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to security; or
- is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order; or
- is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to the public interest; or
- is a member of a terrorist entity designated under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.
People who cannot normally be approved a visa:
There are different rules for who cannot normally be approved a visa depending on whether the application is for a temporary visa (such as a student, work or visitor visa) or a residence class visa.
See the links to our Operational Manual below to see the different requirements for temporary and residence applications.