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Were you born in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau?

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At the time of your birth, did at least 1 of your parents have New Zealand citizenship or a visa that allowed them to reside in New Zealand indefinitely?
This includes Australian citizens and permanent residents living in New Zealand.

You are a New Zealand citizen by birth

 

 

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When were you born?

You are not a New Zealand citizen

From 1 January 2006, children born in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau are citizens by birth only if at least 1 of their parents is a New Zealand citizen or resident when the child is born.

You may be eligible for New Zealand citizenship by grant. 

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Are you a Samoan citizen?

If you are a Samoan citizen, you may be able to become a New Zealand citizen

You can become an New Zealand citizen if:

  • you were in New Zealand on 14 September 1982, or
  • you came here after 14 September 1982 and have the right to be here indefinitely.

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Citizenship requirements for Samoan citizens

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Was at least 1 of your parents a New Zealand citizen when you were born?

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What kind of New Zealand citizenship did your parent have?
A citizen by grant is someone who moved to New Zealand and was granted citizenship as an immigrant. A citizen by descent is someone who was born outside New Zealand and has at least 1 parent who is a New Zealand citizen.

You are a New Zealand citizen by descent

You can register your citizenship and order a passport at the same time.

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You are not a New Zealand citizen

Citizens by descent cannot pass New Zealand citizenship to children born outside New Zealand.

You may be eligible for New Zealand citizenship by grant.

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Have you been living in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau as a resident for at least the last 5 years?
This means:

  • you have a New Zealand resident permit, resident visa or permanent resident visa, or
  • you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau.

You are not a New Zealand citizen but you may meet the requirements for New Zealand citizenship

You are not a New Zealand citizen

You might not meet the requirements for New Zealand citizenship.

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