I think I made an error in child birth certificate re my residence status. I put permanent resident instead of a

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Customer: Hi! I think I made an error in child birth certificate re my residence status. I put permanent resident instead of a resident , and child gets citizenship status. I would like to change it now, but I' m afraid if I would have a criminal record because of that
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: not yet
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: now no
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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Was this a mistake or something you did deliberately? The difference is important of course

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Hi Chris, yes it was a pure mistake . there was no option to tick for just a resident , so I assumed I should tick permanent resident
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If there was no option I would not raise the issue. If the form was ambiguous that is not your fault. What sort of your residency do you have?

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Is the father a citizen?

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I doubt that this would lead to a prosecution however

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I'm just a resident, turning into a permanent resident in a year's time. Farther is a citizen, but he isn't recordered on a birth certificate as we're not together
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by "I would not raise an issue" would you recommend not to change the birth certificate or that changing it unlikely would lead to prosecution ?
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The child would be entitled to be a citizen if the father is a citizen, so I think do not not take steps to change

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even though he isn't reordered on the certificate?
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what could possibly happen if I would go with changing it ?
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It could affect him getting a passport

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do you mean in future when he would be entitled to get it from my status?
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I dont think it is likely but they may ask. But by the time you have permanent residency he would be entitled to a NZ passport anyway

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