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Old Sep 17th 2007, 12:58 am
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Question Character waiver

Anyone had to do one before getting their visa/permit?

Hubby will need one.

He had two minor infractions, the earliest one being 14 years ago.

Anyone have any experience with this? Ta.
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 1:21 am
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Anyone had to do one before getting their visa/permit?

Hubby will need one.

He had two minor infractions, the earliest one being 14 years ago.

Anyone have any experience with this? Ta.
No experience, but am prepared to right thoroughly nice chap on back of fag packet if it helps!
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 1:59 am
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No experience, but am prepared to right thoroughly nice chap on back of fag packet if it helps!
Thanks Simon! As I don't have a B.Sc. in Computer Science (my degree is only 18 years old, but it's still as worthless as the B.Sc. would be anyway!), and because my job offer is for full-time, permanent, we have to go for WTR visas.

So this means I have to get mine first (should be a breeze) then hubby and daughter have to get theirs afterwards. Our container might arrive before we do at this rate!
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 4:16 am
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Originally Posted by Maz View Post
Anyone had to do one before getting their visa/permit?

Hubby will need one.

He had two minor infractions, the earliest one being 14 years ago.

Anyone have any experience with this? Ta.

Sorry Hun no help at all but hang around for a while and that nice chap from Christchuch will come up with the goods
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 4:21 am
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Thanks Simon! As I don't have a B.Sc. in Computer Science (my degree is only 18 years old, but it's still as worthless as the B.Sc. would be anyway!), and because my job offer is for full-time, permanent, we have to go for WTR visas.

So this means I have to get mine first (should be a breeze) then hubby and daughter have to get theirs afterwards. Our container might arrive before we do at this rate!
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If it is over 10 years ago and the penalty was less this 12 months imprisonment, then by the guidelines in the operations manual you should not need a waiver.
Just put a letter of explanation in your application saying how sorry he is and what a upright member of society he has turned into.
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 2:54 pm
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Sorry Hun no help at all but hang around for a while and that nice chap from Christchuch will come up with the goods


Originally Posted by mcuddy1 View Post
Hi
If it is over 10 years ago and the penalty was less this 12 months imprisonment, then by the guidelines in the operations manual you should not need a waiver.
Just put a letter of explanation in your application saying how sorry he is and what a upright member of society he has turned into.
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Actually sorry I meant the latest one was 14 years ago, so he's been clean since then. Zero imprisonment, wouldn't have married him if he'd ever spent any time in the big house...

Will definitely do that about the letter - good idea, thank you!
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Actually sorry I meant the latest one was 14 years ago, so he's been clean since then. Zero imprisonment, wouldn't have married him if he'd ever spent any time in the big house...

Will definitely do that about the letter - good idea, thank you!
Hi Maz

Glad to see that I'm not the only one with a bad hubby: We have been trying to find out what we need to do, my OH has emailed the NZ embassy to ask so if we find owt out we'll let you know Where abouts are you going? Have you got a house, job etc lined up? I wish I could just go tomorrow as we won't be going for approx 2 years yet but it'll soooon pass, it'll take me that long to clean all my junk out!!
Regards Gaynor x
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Old Sep 17th 2007, 5:46 pm
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Sorry Hun no help at all but hang around for a while and that nice chap from Christchuch will come up with the goods
In the immortal words of that character on the American sitcom Different Strokes, 'Whatchu talkin 'bout, Willis!'



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Section 7 (1) of the Immigration Act

Under section 7(1) of the Immigration Act we will not grant you a visa or permit if:

* you’ve been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 5 years or more (this applies even if any of your offences have later been taken off the record),
* in the past 10 years you were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or more,
* currently, you have a removal order from New Zealand in force against you,
* you’ve been deported from any country, including New Zealand,
* you’ve been involved in terrorist activities, or belonged to or supported any organisation involved in terrorist activities,
* it’s believed you’re likely to commit – or to assist others to commit – criminal or drug offences, or an act of terrorism, in New Zealand,
* it’s believed you’re likely – due to any international circumstances – to be a danger to New Zealand’s security or public order, or
* it’s believed you’re associated with an organisation or group that has criminal objectives or is engaged in criminal activities and for that (or any other) reason you are considered to be a threat to the public interest or public order of New Zealand.



Maz, from your description I don't think your husband would have any problem whatsoever. Just bung in a letter explaining the circumstances of the arrests and the outcome.
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When we filled EOI I misread the question and thought it meant any convictions in the past five years, hence we answered no.

However, when we handed in all our stuff my police records showed previous convictions from when I was in my early 20's . We then received a letted from the NZIS saying our application was on hold as we did not declare these convictions.

This added to the rollercoaster of emotions during the immigration process, my darling wife had not realise she had married a convict, and filed for divorce However she forgave me for my mispent youth and we are still together :thumbsdown:

Our assigning officer from NZIS was very helpful and we had to send a later explaining the circumstances of these incidents, thankfully we were granted a character waiver and were successful with our residence application, so dont worry
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Does this apply to under sixteens? My son got into a bit of trouble when he was 12 and his record was sealed.

Will this show up on a police report?

Any thoughts would be grateful.

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Old Sep 25th 2007, 10:03 pm
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Does this apply to under sixteens? My son got into a bit of trouble when he was 12 and his record was sealed.

Will this show up on a police report?

Any thoughts would be grateful.

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If he is still under 16, you won't need a police check for him.
Anyone who is 17 years or older needs to supply one
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Old Sep 26th 2007, 4:48 pm
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Hi Kev&Sarah

He is now 21 and will be 22 in December and we are planning the move early next year.

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