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.
As a migrant coming to New Zealand for the first time, along with work entitlements, you must be also aware of your duty to pay income taxes. There is no way around it. As Benjamin Franklin once said (non-verbatim), nothing is certain in life other than death and taxes. I had briefly shared my experience in getting my IRD number in 2015 and I cannot believe how easy it is now. In this blog I will share how I assisted my newly-arrived housemate’s experience in applying for IRD number online.