New Zealand Citizenship Application

New Zealand Citizenship

Obtaining New Zealand permanent residence provides a person with the right to remain living indefinitely in New Zealand with access to all the normal work, business, education, property and health privileges available to New Zealanders.

However, New Zealand citizenship is required to travel on a New Zealand passport, for employment in some public service or Government positions, in order to purchase particular rural and coastal property or to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games or other international events. In order to access these additional privileges the grant of New Zealand citizenship must be made. A New Zealand passport can be applied for only once New Zealand citizenship has been granted or conferred.

To be eligible for New Zealand citizenship a person must:

· Intend to live permanently in New Zealand

. Have a reasonable understanding of English

· Be of good character· Understand the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship

· Have held New Zealand Permanent Residence for the required period of time:

  1. Been present in New Zealand;
  2. Fully met any conditions imposed by Immigration New Zealand in regard to your New Zealand residence.

Children born in New Zealand on or after 1 January 2006 will automatically be New Zealand citizens only if one of their parents was a New Zealand citizen or held residence status at the time of the birth.

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Citizenship Enquiries

In order to apply for New Zealand citizenship an applicant must meet the above eligibility criteria.
There are a number of policies which apply to specific categories of applicants such as children of New Zealand citizens and PathwaysNZ welcomes enquiries seeking clarification of citizenship matters.

Citizenship applications are made on an individual and not a family basis and a separate application is required for each person in a family.

 All New Zealand citizenship and passport applications are processed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Citizenship applications presently take around 8-10 months to process while passport applications only take a few days once citizenship is conferred.

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This page was last updated on 15 May 2014