How to apply for NZ citizenship
Follow these steps when you apply for New Zealand citizenship.
Understand the types of citizenship
There are 3 main types of New Zealand citizenship. The type you can get depends on your situation.
Check you meet the requirements
Use the self-check tool to find out if you are eligible for New Zealand citizenship.
Get your documents ready
When you apply for New Zealand citizenship by grant, you need to provide documents to prove your identity, such as:
- your birth certificate or birth record
- your passport or travel document.
Depending on your situation, you may need to provide additional documents.
You also need to get an identity referee or witness to support your application.
Wait to find out if your application is approved
It takes 7 to 12 months to find out if your application to become a New Zealand citizen has been approved.
Get your citizenship certificate
Citizenship ceremonies have been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19, but will resume nationwide by early 2021.
If you do not need to attend a ceremony, you will receive your citizenship certificate by courier post.
Get your NZ passport
You need New Zealand citizenship to apply for a passport.
Once you are a citizen, you can apply for your New Zealand passport. This is a separate process.