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    Default Wondering if my past is going to keep me from getting residency

    Hello everyone.
    I would like to find out before I submit my paperwork if I even have a chance of getting a residency. I have talked to the military and they are willing to enlist me IF I can get a residency. When I was younger I was quite the wild young man. I have a conviction for theft. We borrowed a car from a car lot with the key but with out permission. A conviction for forgery I made a fake Id. and a dwi.
    The theft happened in December of 2000. The forgery happened in 2001 near March or April. The dwi was January 2006. I know I made mistake and have changed completely since then. I worked for the local government in my state as a maintenance man. Thankl you in advance for your input.
    Kevin

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    Hi Kevin and welcome.

    Your convictions are still quite recent so would probably be taken into account. Quite a few people have previous convictions but they go back 10 or 15 years and can be considered 'folly of youth'. With yours being so few years ago, INZ may take a dim view of it.

    Have a look through the below item from the INZ Operations Manual.

    A5.25 Applicants normally ineligible for a residence visa or permit unless granted a character waiver

    Applicants who will not normally be issued with a residence visa or granted a residence permit, unless granted a character waiver (see A5.25.1(b) below), include any person who has been:

    1. convicted at any time of any offence against the immigration, citizenship or passport laws of any country; or
    2. convicted at any time of any offence involving prohibited drugs; or
    3. convicted at any time of any offence involving dishonesty; or
    4. convicted at any time of any offence of a sexual nature; or
    5. convicted at any time of any offence for which they were sentenced to a term of imprisonment (whether the sentence was of immediate effect or was deferred or was suspended in whole or in part); or
    6. convicted (whether in New Zealand or not) of an offence committed at any time when the applicant was in New Zealand unlawfully or was the holder of a temporary permit or was exempt under the Act from the requirement to hold a permit, being an offence for which the Court has power to impose imprisonment for a term of 3 months or more; or
    7. convicted at any time of any offence involving violence; or
    8. convicted at any time during the last five years, of an offence (including a traffic offence), involving dangerous driving, driving having consumed excessive alcohol (including drunk driving and driving with a blood or breath alcohol content in excess of a specified limit) or driving having consumed drugs; or
    9. in the course of applying for a New Zealand visa or permit, has made any statement or provided any information, evidence or submission that was false, misleading or forged, or withheld material information; or
    10. at any time in a public speech or public comments, or public broadcast, or in publicly distributing or publishing a document:
    1. argues that one race or colour is inherently inferior or superior to another race or colour, or
    2. used language intended to encourage hostility or ill will against any person or group of persons on the basis of colour, race or ethnic or national origins of that person or group; or
    11. has been, or is, a member of (or adheres or has adhered to) any organisation or group of people which (at the time of the person's membership or adherence) had objectives or principles based on:
    1. hostility against people or groups of people on the basis of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins, or
    2. an assumption that persons of a particular race or colour are inherently inferior or superior to other races or colours.
    12. in support of any application by another person for a New Zealand visa or permit, has made any statement or provided any information, evidence or submission that was false, misleading or forged.
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