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New Zealand citizenship
There are 3 main types of New Zealand citizenship: by birth, by descent and by grant.
Before you apply, check you meet the requirements to become a New Zealand citizen.
Follow these steps when you apply for New Zealand citizenship.
If you are a citizen by descent, you must register your citizenship before you can get a New Zealand passport.
What to do if you have lost your New Zealand citizenship certificate, or if you need to prove whether or not you are a New Zealand citizen.
Your citizenship status may change if you want citizenship of more than 1 country or to give up New Zealand citizenship — or if the New Zealand government takes away your citizenship.
If you were born and adopted in New Zealand you are likely to be a New Zealand citizen. If you were born or adopted outside New Zealand, you might be a citizen — if not, you may be able to apply to become one.
When you become a New Zealand citizen, you will have the same privileges as a person who was born here. You will also have the same responsibilities.
Phone numbers, emails and addresses for New Zealand citizenship offices in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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Date printed 03 March 2024