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    I have outstanding fees owed to Land Transport in unpaid parking fines and am wondering if this can affect my Residency application? Is this the same as bad credit?

    Any help would be awesome, thanks!

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    Hi Steelbird and

    When applying for residency you will be required to have a police check both from NZ (if you are currently living there or lived there for more than 12 months) and any other country you have lived in for a similar period. As far as I know, this is the only check that INZ will make into your character. I doubt your unpaid fines will show up on that, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. Had you been in debt in another country, you would find yourself in NZ with a clean slate, but I'm not 100% sure about debts incurred in NZ itself.

    How long ago did you have the fines? Is it not possible that you can now pay them off just to cover your back? I don't know if Land Transport would pursue you further if they find out you are still in the country or back in it, whichever is applicable. Out here they can catch you at the border if you have unpaid bills, so I wouldn't like to say if NZ operates a similar system.
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    Hi! Thanks for such a quick reply. You're right, I called Immigration (anonymously! Haha) who confirmed your thoughts that the two departments are not linked, thanks goodness! Hmmm, I have a bit of a habit of collecting parking fines, in the region of $400 now. I am paying them back, just cant afford to do it all at once AND residency!

    Thanks again for your help,


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