Requirements if you're from Samoa
The requirements you have to meet to get NZ citizenship depend on when you arrived in New Zealand.
If you came to NZ after 14 September 1982
You need to show you entered NZ legally and have the right to be here indefinitely. This means you have:
- a resident permit
- a resident visa
- a permanent resident visa, or
- Australian citizenship or permanent resident visa.
You don’t have to meet the usual presence requirements for NZ citizenship — you can apply if you’ve lived here for less than 5 years.
If you were in NZ on 14 September 1982
You need proof you were in NZ on 14 September 1982.
Your proof could be:
- your passport
- a letter from your employer confirming you were at work
- a letter from your school confirming you were at school, or
- anything else that can prove you were here on that day.
If you can't prove you were definitely here on 14 September 1982 but you think you have enough evidence to show that you probably were, contact the Citizenship Office to talk about your options.
Freephone: 0800 22 51 51 (NZ only)
If your situation is different
Phone 0800 22 51 51 to talk about your options.
If you're ready to apply
Complete and submit your application for NZ citizenship.