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How to Apply For Grant of New Zealand Citizenship


To apply for a grant of New Zealand citizenship you will need to:
  • Read the application guide carefully. Make sure you understand all the requirements.
  • Fill out the relevant sections in the application form.
  • Send the completed application form, photographs and fee to the citizenship office. Do not send your documents.
  • Our office will acknowledge in writing your application once it has been received.
  • Once your application has been allocated to a Case Officer we will write to you and request your documents.
  • When the outcome of your application is known, we will write to tell you whether or not your application has been successful.
  • If you are 14 years or over you will swear allegiance to the Queen of New Zealand at a public citizenship ceremony where you will receive your certificate of New Zealand Citizenship.
For more information:
Application Form for a Grant of New Zealand Citizenship

To obtain an application form for a Grant of New Zealand Citizenship you can:

Provide the Documents Required

Documents are not required to be sent at the time of applying. Once your application has been assigned to a Case Officer you will be contacted in writing requesting your documents to be sent in. A prepaid courier pack will be supplied with your letter. For further information see the
Frequently Asked Questions.

(Note: If you were born overseas before 1978 and claiming New Zealand citizenship through your mother being a New Zealand citizen, documents are required at the time of applying. For further information please contact us).

Please provide original documents only (i.e. not photocopies).

All Applicants must provide the following documents:
  • Full birth certificate (i.e. a birth document that also includes your parents' details, household register, family book etc).
  • National identity card(s) (if applicable).
  • All citizenship certificates if your passport is issued by a country other than your birth country.
  • All your passports and travel documents, including travel documents issued in New Zealand and expired documents.
  • Marriage and civil union certificate(s) (if applicable).
  • Divorce document(s) (if applicable).
  • Proof of name change (if applicable, i.e. statutory declaration, adoption papers etc).
  • If you spend a lot of time travelling, a letter explaining why.
  • If English is not your first language, evidence that you studied in English or studied using English and/or evidence that you use English in your everyday life.
  • Authorised translation(s) (if applicable).
  • Authorised translation(s) fee (if applicable).
Additional documents may be required if the applicant is:
If the applicant is under 21 years old you will also need to provide:
  • Parents' passports.
  • Adoption papers (if applicable).
  • Explanation for why only one person has completed the consent section (if applicable).
  • Proof of guardian's authority (if applicable).
Please
contact us if only one parent/guardian is able to provide consent.


If the applicant is a Samoan citizen you will also need to provide:
  • Proof of current Samoan citizenship (e.g. current Samoan passport); AND
  • Proof that you legally entered New Zealand after 14 September 1982 and have been granted permanent residence status; OR
  • Proof that you were in New Zealand on the day of 14 September 1982.

If the applicant is born overseas before 1978 and whose mother was a New Zealand citizen you will also need to provide:

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