New Zealand Criminal Background Check

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Get your New Zealand background check done by applying in writing to the Criminal Records Unit of the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry website claims that all applications are processed within 20 days, but we have heard reports of it taking considerably longer. So we recommend doing this step first in your visa process. The following may look complicated, but take heart—NZ has the simplest process for obtaining a CBC of any of the countries on our list. Lucky you!

1. Print and complete the PRIV/F1 application form.

2. Attach a signed photocopy of your passport or driver’s license.

3. Attach a cover sheet stating the following:

Get your New Zealand background check done by applying in writing to the Criminal Records Unit of the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry website claims that all applications are processed within 20 days, but we have heard reports of it taking considerably longer. So we recommend doing this step first in your visa process. The following may look complicated, but take heart—NZ has the simplest process for obtaining a CBC of any of the countries on our list. Lucky you!

1. Print and complete the PRIV/F1 application form.

2. Attach a signed photocopy of your passport or driver’s license.

3. Attach a cover sheet stating the following:

  • Your application is for work as a teacher in South Korea
  • You need the document printed on the Ministry’s blue logo paper with an ink signature.
  • You give the Ministry of Justice permission to forward your CBC to the Department of Internal Affairs to be apostilled. Include the address for this department:

Carlee Reid
Authentication Unit Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington

The Department of Internal Affairs will contact you about paying the apostille fee once they receive your documents. Please double check the Ministry of Justice’s website to make sure this process has not change. Congrats, that’s it for this step!



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