Evidence of New Zealand citizenship or immigration status for national security clearances

As allegiance to New Zealand is the primary consideration when assessing suitability for access to information regarding national security, it follows that being a New Zealand citizenship or a holder of a Residence Class visa is a condition of eligibility for national security clearances.

New Zealand citizenship is a requirement for employment for certain roles as some organisations are subject to externally-imposed rules about the nationality of staff accessing certain material. Some national security information is subject to endorsements limiting access to New Zealand or other specified nationalities.

A candidate's employer or sponsoring agency is required to verify citizenship and/or immigration status before initiating a vetting request.

Candidates who have lived outside New Zealand for more than 6 months may be required to obtain credit and criminal records checks from the country or countries they have been resident in.

Some of these documents are required at the recruitment stage, while others will need to be presented during the security vetting process. Chief Security Officers (CSOs) will give instructions to candidates.

For information on evidence of identity standards, refer to the Department of Internal Affairs’ website. Go to: www.dia.govt.nz