It has been a wee while since I last made a blog and if ever I do have regular readers, I do apologise. Most of the times real life do get in the way. An example of this is I have been busy dealing with my extreme nervousness in sitting the practical driving test to convert a Philippine Driver Licence in New Zealand.
Let me get ahead of you. You cannot obtain a police clearance certificate in New Zealand. Even the New Zealand Police says so. What you can get in New Zealand though is a document that contains your criminal record. This document would show your criminal and traffic convictions if there are any. In this post I would share with you how to obtain New Zealand’s version of a police check.
I do not know the exact number of Filipinos living in Christchurch and in the Canterbury region but I know our number is significant enough for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs to install a consulate in this region (albeit honorary!). They recently have transferred offices and in this post I will share with you where to find the Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Christchurch and what services it offers.
After passport renewal, the most logical thing to do is to transfer your visa to the new passport. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requires you to transfer your valid visa into your new passport before you use it to travel. While there exists a form to use to request the transfer of physical visa labels, the INZ website does not really divulge much info about transferring eVisas to new passports. It only lists out what they require but they do not tell you exactly how to do the procedure. In this post I will share the steps on how to transfer an eVisa to a new passport.
In my previous blog I shared where you can renew the Philippine passport in New Zealand. In this blog I will list out the steps to make your Philippine passport renewal in Wellington as hassle-free as possible.