How to apply for NZ citizenship
Follow these steps when you apply for NZ citizenship.
Understand the types of citizenship
There are 3 main types of NZ citizenship. The type you get depends on your situation.
Check you meet the requirements
Use the self-check tool to find out if you're eligible for NZ citizenship.
Get your documents ready
When you apply for NZ citizenship you need to provide documents about yourself — for example your birth certificate.
Apply and pay
You can apply in person or by post.
Applying for citizenship by grant costs:
- $470.20 for adults
- $235.10 for children under 16.
You can pay by cheque, credit card or money order.
Wait to find out if your application was successful
You might have to wait about 8 weeks before you find out if your application was successful.
Attend a ceremony
You are not a citizen until you have made your oath or affirmation at a citizenship ceremony.
Get your NZ passport
You need citizenship to apply for a passport.
Once you're a citizen, you can apply for your NZ passport. This is a separate process.