Requirements for NZ citizenship
Before you apply, check you meet the requirements.
You can use the self-check tool to work out if you meet the requirements.
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Most people need to meet all 3 presence requirements to get NZ citizenship.
You need to be able to hold a basic conversation in English to get NZ citizenship.
You need to show you're of good character to get NZ citizenship. If you've never been in trouble with the law, here or overseas, you've met this requirement.
Some children might not have to meet the same presence requirements as adults to get NZ citizenship.
The requirements you have to meet to get NZ citizenship depend on when you arrived in New Zealand.
To become a NZ citizen, you need to be aware of the responsibilities and privileges you'll have as a New Zealander.
In rare cases, the Minister of Internal Affairs might grant someone citizenship, even if they don't meet the normal requirements.