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New Zealand Visitor Visa: Get Approved Faster with Certified Translations (2024 Update)

Planning your dream trip to New Zealand? To streamline your visitor visa application process with Immigration New Zealand (INZ), a crucial update is coming into effect on June 17, 2024. This blog provides all the essential information you need to ensure your application sails through efficiently.

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Key Change: English Documents Mandatory

Starting June 17, 2024, INZ will require all supporting documents submitted with your visitor visa application to be either in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. This applies to any document originally presented in a language other than English.

Previously, applications with untranslated documents could experience delays. To expedite processing and ensure a smoother experience for both applicants and INZ, providing translated documents becomes a must.

What Documents Need Translation?

Simply put, all supporting documents you submit with your application need to be either in English or have a certified English translation attached. Here are some common examples of documents that might require translation:

  • Proof of funds: Bank statements, pay slips

  • Travel documentation: Flight itineraries, return tickets

  • Employment verification: Proof of employment in your home country

  • Leave of absence documentation: If applicable

  • Identity documents (except passports): For example, Hukou for Chinese nationals

Who Can Provide Certified Translations?

You have several options for obtaining certified English translations of your documents:

  • Reputable Translation Services: Partner with accredited private or official translation businesses to ensure accuracy and certification.

  • Community Translators: Utilize the expertise of community members known for their translation skills. However, this excludes the applicant, family members, or your immigration advisor.

Additional Option: Licensed Immigration Advisor (LIA) Translations

INZ will also accept certified translations completed by a Licensed Immigration Advisor (LIA) under the following conditions:

  • The LIA is a trusted and recognized figure within the community.

  • They have a proven track record of accurate document translations.

  • They are not directly involved in advising on your specific visa application.

Applications Without Translations May Be Declined

It's crucial to remember that applications lacking certified translations for non-English documents are highly likely to be declined. By ensuring all your supporting documents are in English or accompanied by certified translations, you significantly improve your chances of a smooth and successful visa application process.

Ready to Explore New Zealand?

Now that you're equipped with this vital information, you can confidently prepare your visitor visa application for New Zealand. Remember, ensure all documentation is in English or accompanied by certified translations to avoid delays. With these steps in place, you'll be well on your way to experiencing the beauty and wonder of New Zealand!

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