To find out if you are a New Zealand citizen, you can use our online tool or ask the Citizenship Office.
You can apply for NZ citizenship if you have lived here as a resident for at least the last 5 years. To be eligible, you also need to meet good character and English requirements.
If you are a New Zealand citizen by birth or grant and you have a child overseas, you can register them as a New Zealand citizen by descent and get them an NZ passport.
New Zealand doesn’t have any special rules for foreigners marrying New Zealanders — you have to go through the same citizenship process as everyone else.
If you were born and adopted in New Zealand you’re most likely a NZ citizen. If you were born or adopted overseas, you might be a NZ citizen, or you might be able to apply for NZ citizenship by descent.
If you have lost your NZ citizenship certificate or you don't have it, you can apply for a replacement certificate or a confirmation of citizenship.
New Zealand allows dual citizenship — but some other countries don’t.
Sometimes the government from another country will ask you to prove you’re not a New Zealand citizen. This is usually because they don’t allow dual citizenship.
If you’re becoming a citizen of a country that doesn’t allow dual citizenship, you might have to give up your NZ citizenship.
In rare circumstances, the Minister of Internal Affairs can take someone’s New Zealand citizenship off them. They will no longer be able to use an NZ passport and may not be allowed to live here.
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