My wife’s visa application (Partnership-Based Temporary Visa) overlapped with my departure date so we had to apply for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of my passport. To get one, I went to DFA Manila (in ASEANA) with the following documents:
Proof of Requirement for Certified Copy of Passport – DFA requires a valid reason for application of the certification. In our case, I brought a copy ofINZ 1146 Form (Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Applications). This form lists it as a requirement.
When I got to DFA, I asked for assistance from the guard on duty. I showed him my documents, and he politely directed me to wait in line opposite the window for passport certifications. On my turn, I handed over my documents to the officer. After verification, I was instructed to go to the 2nd floor for payment. Total cost is 100 PHP. Then, I went back to the verification officer to present the receipt.
We could only wish for a faster processing but we had to wait for 10 days before we get the stamped and signed photocopy of my passport. It helps to apply for it in advance.
It is also advisable to go to DFA early and bring photocopies of your documents beforehand (even photocopy services have long queues).
As some of you might know, when claiming points for your qualification (educational attainment) in your residence visa application, you need to obtain an assessment from NZQA – the government entity tasked to assess qualifications. This is equivalent to a World Education Services (WES) evaluation for Canadian resident visa. Unless your school is in the list of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, then you need to take an NZQA assessment.
Most of the top schools in the Philippines are in the exempt list, but please note that qualification (degree) and the year it was awarded must match with the specifics in the list. For example, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree holder from University of the Philippines Baguio awarded in year 2000 still need to take NZQA because only BS degrees awarded from 2003 are exempted.
In our case, my wife’s qualification is in the exemption list, but mine isn’t. I had to apply for assessment to claim points for my education. That is a huge 50 points for a Bachelor’s Degree.
If you are not in a hurry to submit your EOI and want to save money, then you can apply for IQA straight away. I opted for this one and received the result after 35 days. It’s a case to case basis. According to NZQA, some applications may take up to 10 weeks.
New Zealand has made it again to the Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) report by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). GPI ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness using indicators such as violent crime, terrorism, militarisation, safety & security, to name a few.
In contrast, our beloved Philippines is in the bottom 25 of the list among other countries like Mexico, India, Venezuela, and Turkey. Aside from North Korea, she is at the bottom in Asia Pacific region, and also the least peaceful among South East Asia. 🙁
Apparently, as far as the PH is concerned, this is really the case. Just turn on your TV and listen to daily news. In the Philippines, a big chunk of airtime is spent covering violence, crime and terrorism. Whereas, NZ news spend lots of airtime covering international, business and sports news. And sometimes to make up for excess airtime, some kind of stories are being aired which in my opinion would not make it in a PH news setup. Not saying that New Zealand is perfect, it has its own problems too, but comparison of peacefulness is a no-brainer.
We really hope that our new President-elect can do what he claims he can do and next year’s report will show an improved ranking for the PH.
Global Peace Index Map – Source: www.visionofhumanity.org
Just recently, the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has pulled out Philippine Interactive Audio Services, Inc. (PIASI)as their visa application service provider. The job was given toVFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments. VFS Global currently serves 50 client governments and has Visa Application Centres (VACs) that cater visa applications to popular destinations like United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. New Zealand is their newest addition to the list.
When weapplied for visa last year, we went to the old NZ VAC in Visa Information and Application (VIA) Center Magallanes (which was operated by PIASI).
On 30 April 2016, the existing Visa Information and Application Centres (VIAs) in Manila and Cebu, which are operated by PIASI, will cease the provision of services on behalf of Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
From 1 May 2016, VFS Global’s Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Manila and Cebu will take over the provision of application submission, and general enquiry services for INZ in the Philippines. VFS Global’s VACs will operate from new premises.
As migrant worker in New Zealand, you will need to apply for IRD number for tax purposes, unless you want your employer to deduct income tax at the highest tax rate of 45%. Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number is equivalent to a TIN number in the Philippines. It is worthy to note that starting 1 October 2015, you cannot apply for an IRD number unless you have a fully functional bank account in NZ. You will know that your bank account is fully functional if you can make withdrawals from it (banks normally will only allow you to withdraw funds after completing their verification process). As mentioned in an earlier post, I applied for a bank account while overseas, and the first thing I did after my arrival was activate my bank account by going to the nearest branch. I actually set up an appointment with them while still overseas. After verification, the helpful bank officer assisted me in withdrawing 10 cents from my account, just to make sure that my bank account is active.
Going to documentation requirements, you need to prepare the following (ideally before you arrive in NZ)
Photographic Identification – I used my passport (driver’s licence is also accepted).
Proof of Most Recent Address – I provided a copy of utility bill from the Philippines.
Proof of Intended Activity in New Zealand – Since my intention was to work in NZ, I provided a copy of my work visa.
Proof of New Zealand Bank Account – a copy of statement of account showing my transactions (deposits and withdrawals). Most of the time this is available thru online banking or you may ask your nearest branch.
Proof of Tax Identification Number of Your Most Recent Country – I gave a copy of my recent tax form from the Philippines and TIN ID.