The New Zealand Immigration Services has said that beginning from Monday, 6 July 2015, applications for most temporary entry visas no longer have to contain originals or certified copies of documents. Colour photocopies will be acceptable instead.
Temporary visa entry applications include applications for work, student or visitor visas. Originals or certified copies will still be required for residence applications, and temporary applications under the entrepreneur work visa category. Additionally an immigration officer may still ask for an original document during the processing of a visa application. INZ will continue to accept applications containing originals or certified copies if they are provided.
All relevant INZ forms, guides, checklists and webpages will be updated to reflect the change on 6 July.