10 November 2010

Certificate of Good Conduct 6 Months Validity

Note: This is part of a series of hidden blog posts I wrote about my preparation to move to New Zealand. Though posted weekly, the original date stamps will give you an idea of how time-consuming this process takes. At the end of each post, I will add in new details that I have learned since then.

[Originally written on 23/3/2010]

I just found out recently that New Zealand's immigration department (NZIS in short) will only accept Certificate of Good Conducts up to 6 months old. Darn.

I'll have to spend RM30-ish again to get a new Certificate because my first cert is dated January.

[End of original post]

Luckily I didn't have to because I submitted all my supporting documents (including this certificate) a few days before the 6 month expiry date.

A Certificate of Good Conduct is a piece of A4 paper issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that basically states that you are a citizen of good conduct with no prior blots in your history. It is required as a background check for long term migration processes, and some countries issue a Police Certificate instead.

Certificate of Good Conduct Sample
For Malaysians, this can be obtained from Kementerian Luar Negri in 2 ways:
  1. Queue up at their Putrajaya headquarters with the necessary forms.
  2. Send the necessary forms and a self-addressed self-stamped envelope to Putrajaya.
Option 1 is the fastest while Option 2 can take up to 3 weeks (or more). However, (this is unconfirmed) Ivan mentioned that the wording on certificates is different. Option 1 is worded to sound like it's a preliminary check, while Option 2 is a more comprehensive certificate. Again, I can't confirm this.

I went with Option 2 as I already detest traveling to KL, what more Putrajaya! I downloaded the English forms from the Ministry of Foreign Affair's Forms page. Just fill it up, get it stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths, and send it over with the required fee. I placed a self-address Pos Ekspres A4 envelope to ensure it arrives promptly, and it arrived 2 weeks later without any complications (which would be a totally different story if I were Anwar Ibrahim) :P

11 comments:

William said...

Good conduct? Sure bor? :P

sungatenator said...

I have been trying to download the forms for the application of the Certificate of Good Conduct in the past 3 weeks, but in vain. Can you, or anyone, advise me how and where to get these forms? Kindly reply to sungate@pc.jaring.my or sungatenator @gmail.com
Many thanks, Gus

With Appreciations.

yana said...

Just wanna ask you again about the validity..what should i do if mine is gonna expire a week before i'm flying off? Do i need to reapply and pay those fees again like the first time i applied??

Zemien said...

William: Tentu-lah!

Gus: Is the website down or something? You should query the dept directly.

Yana: Before flying off? Do you already have your visa? You don't need to show it at the airport, you just need it during visa application. But if it has expired (> 6 months), then yes you need to reapply.

Disclaimer: The above are personal opinions of the blog writer and should not be constituted as proper immigration advice.

Emely Albellar said...

I need Police Certificate and Good conduct for my Fiancee Visa..Anyway? I am from the Philippines and I really need some advice how to get this documents, I went to Tawau Sabah using a tourist Visa, The tourist Visa was valid for one month.. but I overstayed there for more than a whole year,till I got back home to the Philippines riding a small boat called "Temperd".. In other hand my old passport was expired and I renewed it. what should I do about this case? need your advice and help..

Iliyana I. Ramjaun said...

Hi,


Thank you for sharing. But can you tell me if we need to certify true copy our copy of IC and passport at the commissioner of oath or HR director from your company can do so? It is part of the requirement to send 2 copies each. Am doing to register my marriage and also for preparation to move to Canada. I really appreciate it if you could help. Thanks.Cheers!

Zemien said...

Iliyana I. Ramjaun: As far as I know, commissioner of oath will not certify true copies as that is not within their scope. Lawyers, judges, and other high-ranked public servants (MPs, school headmasters) are able to.

*This is my opinion, not immigration or legal advice*

Good luck!

Weng Kong said...

Hi Zemien

Can kindly advise where did you get the true copy certification as you managed to get your certificate of good conduct?

Thanks

Wilson

Weng Kong said...

Hi Zemien

Can kindly advise where did you get the true copy certification as you managed to get your certificate of good conduct?

Thanks

Wilson

Robert Armand said...

Hello, I've sent my application to them and it's already been a month. They still haven't send me the certificate. I'm very worried bout it, cz I need it as soon as possible.
try using google chrome to download the application form online. That was how i downloaded it.

Robert Armand said...

Hello, I've sent my application to them and it's already been a month. They still haven't send me the certificate. I'm very worried bout it, cz I need it as soon as possible.
try using google chrome to download the application form online. That was how i downloaded it.