Can I use a certified copy instead of the original? Who can certify copies of my documents?

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Passports/Travel documents

From 8 May 2017 onwards, when submitting a paper visa application you can provide a certified copy of your passport or certificate of identity in place of your original passport (prior to this date only originals would be accepted).

Immigration staff will still request your original passport if it is required to process your visa application (for example, for identity confirmation or visa label issuing).

To avoid delays, you should provide your original passport with a paper application for a work, student or visitor visa. This will enable us to process your application faster.

Other documents supporting a visa application

Temporary class visa applications

From 6 July 2015, applications for most temporary entry visas no longer have to contain originals or certified copies of documents. Photocopies will be acceptable instead.

However, you will be required to provide original or certified copies of documents if specifically requested by an Immigration Officer.

Residence applications

Certified copies or originals are still required for residence applications.

Who can certify a document?

Certified copies must be stamped or endorsed as true copies of the originals by a person authorised by law to take statutory declarations in your country.

This person in NZ, for example, may be a lawyer, notary public, Justice of the Peace or court official.

This answer was last updated on 7 September, 2017.

From Immigration New Zealand website under Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 3.0 New Zealand Licence.