Immigrants attempt to use fraudulent certificate print to enter New Zealand

New Zealand officials have revealed they have seen an increase in people using forged certificate print to try and enter the country to work.

The country has recently relaxed immigration rules to allow more people to come from other countries to cover their skills shortage. This has resulted in an increased number of immigrants attempting to enter using forged documents. Desperate to get into the country despite their lack of skills, several applicants faked certificate print to identify themselves as plumbers, technicians, engineers and business administrators.

According to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) twelve people have recently attempted to enter the country with falsified degrees, diplomas or certificates. Many of the fake certificates had little or no resemblance to the authentic documents, and contained forged signatures and seals.

Recent cases include an applicant from Israel who tried to access New Zealand with a fake technology degree certificate, plus a Fijian who attempted to pass off a fake plumbing certificate as genuine. Others from Malaysia and Pakistan also attempted to falsify degree certificate print, but all were caught by immigration officials.

Karen Poutasi, Chief Executive at the NZQA, said that New Zealand has strong systems in place to identify fraudulent certificate print and the upside of the incidents was that the certificates were identified as fake and the perpetrators caught before they were able to enter the country.

These cases of fraudulent certificate print highlight the importance of including overt and covert security features on all print certificates so that they are highly secure and authenticity can easily be checked. Over a hundred Universities and Awarding Bodies worldwide trust Hague to secure their certificate print using a number of security features including highly sophisticated bespoke holograms, controlled watermarked papers, state-of-the-art security designs printed with security ink and audit stock control numbers.