Immigrants who have been offered jobs in schools and childcare centers have to wait up to 10 weeks to get the police clearance certificate due to a backlog caused by New Zealand government’s policy change last year, NZ Heralod reported. Immigration New Zealand and Police departments are working to resolve the issue and reduce the waiting time for immigrants. The long wait is also resulting in shortage of teachers at the schools and child care centers. Over 53,000 applications for police clearance are in the queue since June this year.
A spokeswoman for immigration New Zealand told NZ Heralod, “They are working through this issue and completing police checks as efficiently as they can.”
“Immigration New Zealand requests New Zealand police checks, when appropriate, to assess the character of our clients”, the spokesperson added.
“New Zealand police has always provided an exceptional service returning these checks within agreed time frames and in the majority of cases has exceeded expectations,” the spokeswoman further said.
The schools and childcare centers are short of teachers due to a long wait for police checks. It was estimated that about 53,565 applications were in the queue for clearance in June, 2015.
Spokeswoman said, “The current turnaround time for a standard police check is up to 10 weeks, however some are able to be completed in as little as a week.”
According to the spokesperson, Immigration New Zealand was working closely with police department to solve the wait time issue so that police clearance could be issued at the earliest possible.