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Citizenship - Raraunga

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Service Overview
The New Zealand Citizenship Office processes applications for New Zealand citizenship and other citizenship matters as above. For information about permits and visas please visit the New Zealand Immigration Service website.

New! Changes to New Zealand Passport and Citizenship Overseas Service From 1 April 2004 New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) posts will no longer issue full validity manual passports or first time passport applications. The MFAT posts will also no longer process applications for citizenship by descent, though they will continue to be issued by the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand, Sydney and London. These changes are being implemented to improve the security and integrity of the New Zealand passport and streamline citizenship by descent application procedures.

New Fees Effective 1 September 200318/09/03 (Media Release) Citizenship Booklet Highlights Partnership Between Local and Central Government


Form downloads below. Once the form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form and accompanying material to us by mail. Forms in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. Hard copy versions of these forms are available from Citizenship.

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Citizenship Act 1977, and subsequent amendments (Search statutes by alphabetical listing)
Citizenship Act (Western Samoa) 1982 (Search statutes by alphabetical listing).

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