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Changing your citizenship status

Your citizenship status will 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.

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Dual citizenship

New Zealand allows dual citizenship or multiple citizenship — but some other countries do not.

Giving up your NZ citizenship

If you are becoming a citizen of a country that does not allow dual citizenship, you might have to give up your New Zealand citizenship.

Being deprived of NZ citizenship

In rare circumstances, the Minister of Internal Affairs can take away your New Zealand citizenship. You will no longer be able to use a New Zealand passport and you might not be allowed to live here.

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